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Hurricane Sandy: What can you expect?

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Hurricane Sandy is located near the Bahamas Thursday evening, and will continue to move northward through Friday. The center of circulation is expected to remain east of our area, so no local landfall is anticipated. However, Sandy is a large system. As a result, we could see a few "outer fringe" effects from the storm. Specifically:

Friday: Partly cloudy in the morning, with increasing clouds during the afternoon. Winds will gradually increase through the day, up to 15-25 mph by Friday night. A few isolated showers are possible, but the best chance of rain will likely not arrive until after midnight Friday night.  For the coastal waters, seas will build to 8 to 12 feet on Friday, with a high risk of rip currents. 

Saturday: Mostly cloudy with spotty showers. Winds will average 25 to 35 mph out of the north, with a few gusts to 45 mph possible (tropical storm force). For the coastal waters, expect winds of 35 to 45 kts with seas of 15-17 feet. 

Sunday: Tropical Storm-force conditions may continue early Sunday, but Sandy will gradually pull away from the area late Sunday. Dry (and colder) weather returns by next week.

Chief Meteorologist Jerry Jackson

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