As Hurricane Sandy moves north, a tropical storm warning is now in effect for coastal Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.
At 5 p.m. the center of Hurricane Sandy was moving toward the north at 14 mph, and this general motion is expected to continue through Thursday accompanied by a gradual increase in forward speed. Maximum sustained winds are 80 mph with higher gusts.
Sandy made landfall over southeastern Jamaica near Kingston Wednesday afternoon.
According to our news partner wptv.com, it appears this will mainly be a wind and marine event at this point, with at least Tropical Storm Force wind gusts, and huge seas in the 10-20 feet range.
Rainfall of one to three inches is possible along the coast, but the flooding potential is low.
The impact on our area will large depend on whether Sandy travels on the east or west side of the error cone. The most likely scenario brings rain bands through Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast that will contain some periods of very heavy rain and very strong winds.