Hurricane Sandy lashes Bahamas after 21 deaths

NASSAU, Bahamas - A tropical storm warning is still in effect for Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.

At 5 p.m. Friday,  Sandy was still a Category 1 hurricane and was moving away from Great Abaco Island.
Sandy was disrupted somewhat after striking eastern Cuba, but circulation remains strong.

Maximum sustained winds were near75 mph with higher gusts. A little weakening is forecast over the next 48 hours, but Sandy is expected to remain a hurricane over the next couple of days.

The center of Hurricane Sandy is currently moving toward the north at mph and that general motion is expected to continue tonight followed by a turn toward the north-northwest win a increase in forward speed on Saturday. Sandy will then turn toward the northeast on Sunday.

The center of Sandy is expected to move away from the northwestern Bahamas tonight.

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 275 miles.

A tropical storm warning was in effect from Deerfield Beach north to St. Augustine.

Sandy is a major concern for the U.S. northern east coast, where residents in a very large area are bracing for what many forecasters believe will turn into a superstorm early next week.


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