MIAMI (CBSMiami) – As Hurricane Sandy leaves northeastern Cuba and heads toward the Central Bahamas, its rains and winds are causing flight cancelations here in South Florida.

Thursday morning at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, 14 flights had been canceled.  The flights were to or from such destinations as Kingston, Jamaica, Freeport, Nassau, Georgetown and Eleuthera.

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At Miami International Airport, 27 flights had been canceled.  The flights impacted were also from or to Jamaica and the Bahamas.

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Outer rain bands and gusty winds from the Category 2 hurricane pelted much of South Florida Thursday morning and conditions are forecast to get even worse through Friday.

Sustained winds of 15-35 mph may impact South Florida and the Florida East Coast with these conditions continuing through Saturday. Wind gusts could reach as high as 50-60 mph, primarily at the immediate coast or just offshore.

The East Coast of Florida from Flagler Beach to Ocean Reef and Lake Okeechobee are under a Tropical Storm Warning.  The Upper Keys from Ocean Reef to Craig Key, Florida Bay and from Flagler Beach to Fernandina Beach are under a Tropical Storm Watch.

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