Weather News: Hurricane Sandy bringing heavy rain and wind to south Florida

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Hurricane Sandy (credit: National Hurricane Center)

Hurricane Sandy (credit: National Hurricane Center)

 

Florida News: Hurricane Sandy brings wet windy weather

The weather system on everyone’s radar this week is Hurricane Sandy and she’s beginning to wear out her welcome along the eastern seaboard.

While Sandy won’t make landfall in Florida, she’s stirring up some less than favorable weather conditions this week. Today will be a windy day in South Florida and the National Hurricane Center in Miami says it’s possible that we’ll see tropical storm conditions on the east coast.

Power Outages

We may expect wind guests up to 50 mph even though the storm is 200 miles east of Florida. Passing downpours will also be possible throughout the day. Thousands of power outages have been reported in Miami-Dade and Broward county early this morning due to the storm.

Cancellations

Sandy is causing several services to be cancelled or postponed in the Broward and Miami-Dade areas so before you go out, check the list beforehand. Tri-Rail and Miami-Dade Transit will continue to operate today.

The Forecast

Sandy was a Category 1 hurricane as of 5am this morning with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph. There is a tropical storm warning in effect for the east coast of Florida.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Sandy will bring from 3 to 6 inches of rain to the Florida Keys and east-central and southeastern Florida.

Sandy is expected to remain at Hurricane status for at least a couple of days.

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