MIAMI (CBS4) – South Florida is in for a couple of wet and windy days due to the outer rain bands associated with Hurricane Sandy to our Southeast.
A Catergory 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, Sandy is moving toward the Bahamas and the deep tropical moisture associated with the system will lead to heavy rain at times throughout the day across South Florida.
Sandy is forecast to move to our East and over the Bahamas. CBS4 meteorologist Lissette Gonzalez said we felt the fringe effects in the morning with gusty downpours and our weather conditions will deteriorate as the day goes on.
The worst weather is expected Thursday night into Friday.
A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the coast of South Florida and a Tropical Storm Watch is in place for the Keys due to the potential for tropical storm conditions Thursday into Friday.
A Wind Advisory is in effect until Friday at 8 p.m. due to the potential for sustained winds of 30 to 35 mph, with wind gusts up to 45 mph or even up to 60 mph with some of the stronger squalls.
Because of the strong winds expect rough surf and a high risk of rip currents along with the potential for beach erosion and coastal flooding. We could see 1 to 3 inches of rain through Friday.
Now is the time to bring in any patio furniture, loose items and secure boats as the winds will continue to build as Sandy moves closer and the pressure gradient tightens up, said Gonzalez.
Saturday will still be windy, but drier since Sandy is forecast to push away from South Florida and move more towards the Northeast.
Sunday will be beautiful, breezy and mostly sunny with highs in the mid 80s. Then the big weather story early next week will be a serious Fall Cold front on the way that will lead to a drastic dip in degrees with lows possibly dropping to the 60s by Monday morning and highs in the upper 70s in the afternoons. By Tuesday morning some areas may wake up to the 50s with highs in the mild mid to upper 70s.