Hurricane force winds extend 25 miles from Sandy’s center and tropical storm force winds extend 140 miles from the center. While Sandy will continue to gradually weaken, the storm will grow in size as it moves north, which means Sandy could affect a large section of land late this weekend or next week.
Forecasters say Sandy will bash Florida Thursday, Thursday night and Friday with tropical storm force winds and heavy rainfall along the eastern coast. The storm is not expected to directly hit the Sunshine State.
At this point, the tri-state area should expect severe coastal flooding, major beach erosion, more than 6 inches of rain and winds of up to 60 mph with locally higher gusts Sunday night into Tuesday.
However, Sandy still could track further to the south or to the north, in which case Washington, D.C. or New England would bear the brunt of the storm.
Source: NBC 4 NY