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Hurricane Sandy liveblog: What to expect Saturday night and Sunday (+video)

Hurricane Sandy is projected to hit the Atlantic Coast early Tuesday. Prior forecasts still hold, with high wind watches and warnings in effect and significant storm surges expected.

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Saturday Oct. 27 6:30 p.m.

As Hurricane Sandy moves inexorably toward the United States, here’s what to expect tonight and Sunday.

Prior forecasts still hold, according to the National Weather Service’s hurricane center, with high wind watches and warning in effect and significant storm surges expected.

As of 5:00 p.m. eastern daylight time Saturday, the storm was located at 30.2 degrees north latitude and 75.2 degrees west longitude, putting it about 335 miles ESE of Charleston, S.C. and about 345 miles south of Cape Hatteras, N.C.

Sandy’s maximum sustained winds blew at 75 mph, and it was moving along its track at 13 mph.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for South Santee River, S.C to Duck, N.C. as well as the Pamlico and Albemarle sounds. A tropical storm watch is in effect from the Savannah River to the South Santee River. In addition, high wind warnings are in effect for portions of southeastern Virginia. High wind watches are in effect for much of the Mid-Atlantic states and southern New England

Tropical storm conditions are expected to reach warning areas in the Carolinas within the next few hours, spreading northward tonight and Sunday. Gale force winds are expected to arrive along portions of the Mid-Atlantic coast by late Sunday or Sunday night and reach Long Island and southern New England by Monday morning. Winds to near-hurricane force could reach the Mid-Atlantic states, including Long Island, by late Monday.

Rainfall totals of 3-6 inches are expected over far eastern North Carolina with isolated maximum totals of 8 inches possible. Rainfall amounts of 4-8 inches are expected over portions of the Mid-Atlantic states, including the Del-Mar-Va peninsula, with isolate maximum amounts of 12 inches possible. Rainfall amounts of 1-3 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 5 inches are possible across parts of southern New York into New England.

Dangerous surf conditions will continue from Florida through the Carolinas for the next couple of days and spread in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states by Sunday.

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