October 24th, 2012
09:07 PM ET

Hurricane Sandy kills one in Jamaica and Haiti

[Update 11:40 p.m.] A woman died in western Haiti on Wednesday when she tried to cross a flooded ravine, the Haitian news agency AHP reported. Heavy rains from Hurricane Sandy are pelting the region.

[Updated 9:07 p.m. ET] One person in Jamaica was killed when he was struck by a boulder, CNN affiliate TV J reported. The station said more than 70% of the island was without power. In Massachusetts, the state’s emergency management agency said it was monitoring the storm, which could turn into a nor’easter early next week.

[Updated 5:20 p.m. ET] Florida's east coast is under a tropical storm warning from Ocean Reef to Sebastian Inlet. The warning means tropical storm conditions are expected within the area in the next 24 to 36 hours, the National Hurricane Center said.

[Updated 3:56 p.m. ET] Hurricane Sandy made landfall in southeastern Jamaica on Wednesday, bringing 80-mph wind and torrents of rain to the island, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on its website. The storm made landfall near Kingston about 3 p.m. ET, the center said.

The forecast map shows Sandy reaching eastern Cuba by early Thursday before heading to the Bahamas. Tropical storm and hurricane warnings are up across the region.

Sandy is not expected to hit the United States, though there is a tropical storm watch for the Florida coast from the Volusia/Brevard county line to Craig Key.

Such a watch means tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area in the next 48 hours.

[Updated 11:05 a.m. ET] Sandy is now a Category 1 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. Track Sandy's progress with CNN's hurricane tracker.

[Updated 6:44 a.m. ET] Jamaica's international airports are closed as Tropical Storm Sandy approaches.  They will re-open at the earliest possible opportunity, airport officials say.

[Posted 5:05 a.m. ET] A strengthening Tropical Storm Sandy is closing on Jamaica, bringing blustery winds and bouts of rain to the island.

Early Wednesday, Sandy was kicking up winds of 70 mph and was about 120 miles south of Kingston, Jamaica and is expected to make landfall this afternoon.  The National Hurricane Center in Miami expects the storm to become a hurricane by Wednesday afternoon.  A storm becomes a hurricane when its winds get to 74 mph.

The forecast map shows Sandy reaching eastern Cuba by early Thursday before heading to the Bahamas.  Tropical storm and hurricane warnings are up across the region.  It's not expected to hit the United States.

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  1. phearis

    OH NO!! Obama is using his Weather Controlling Machine again like he did for the GOP convention!!! Obama must be stopped!! Rmoney 2012!

    October 24, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Booker T

      Just develop Romenesia and move on!

      October 24, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name s kel

      Oh no , oh well lets hope it was a romney supporter.

      October 24, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Thomas

    I sure hope we get some rain here. We can use it.

    October 24, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • William Shatner

      Sorry, but there is a rain redistribution plan. You had rain yesterday. Your next ration is on Nov. 3.

      October 24, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. me

    LOL@Sandy Hurricane, that would bring a whole lot!

    October 24, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ally

    How are they saying Sandy is not expected to hit the US? The majority of extended models are showing it recurving and hitting New England; although it may be extratropical by that time.

    October 24, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. watcher

    no one can say what the weathers going to do anymore this year they have been off so bad i think ill just look outside

    October 24, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jeff

    It is somewhat following Hazel as a 960 mb storm in a line in to Southern Ontario
    Read jeff masters Blog on Wunderground, it is very accurate

    October 24, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ally

      A couple of the models I've looked at today show it dropping into the 940's. I know it's early, but this could be a big deal for New England.

      October 24, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      I don't wish bad, but it is kind of ironic in a sad way that 4 people were charged with manslaughter in Italy over the Earthquake, but if they had said that the earthquake was going to hit they would have been "Wishcasters" can't really win, so here is a situation, where everything is trending for a very severe storm and potentially life threatening, but the fear of saying this could be a repeat of a perfect storm or Hazel would be risky either way...
      I have been following this storm for 7-10 days, and it appears it is going to be horrific in some areas

      October 24, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ally

      Agreed. It is ridiculous to charge someone based on a prediction that went wrong. In just a day or two the medium and short range models will be picking up on it. And since this is going to be happening over Halloween I see the media having a great time hyping the Perfect Storm II. Hopefully people will be prepared this time.

      October 24, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. newtonfig

    Ive got chills, they're multiplyin'

    there aint no sandy, without danny

    October 24, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dasf

    hurracaine to make landfall in washington nov 6

    October 24, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rev. Christie Bliss. Ley

    Hope this hurricane doesn't bring too much rain to the Northeast.

    October 24, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Spot

    My name is Spot. Wooof woooof I'm a weather dog. I predict if it rains it might get on your houses woooof.

    October 24, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff

    I suggest follow the blog at Wunderground Jeff Masters... Very interesting chain of events that the media will not catch.
    The ocean is 5F warmer than normal which could lead to some interesting issues
    From Website

    Sandy: a potential billion-dollar storm for the mid-Atlantic, New England, and Canada
    The latest set of 12Z (8 am EDT) model runs are in, and they portray an increased risk to the U.S. and Canadian East Coasts for early next week. The GFS model, which had been showing that Sandy would head to the northeast out to sea, now has changed its tune, and predicts that Sandy will double back and hit Maine on Tuesday evening. The ECMWF model, which has been very consistent in its handling of Sandy, now has the storm hitting Delaware on Monday afternoon. These models are predicting that Sandy will get caught up by the trough approaching the Eastern U.S., which will inject a large amount of energy into the storm, converting it to a powerful subtropical storm with a central pressure below 960 mb and sustained winds of 60 – 70 mph. Winds of this strength would likely cause massive power outages, as trees still in leaf take out power lines. Also of great concern are Sandy's rains. Given that ocean temperatures along the Northeast U.S. coast are about 5°F above average, there will be an unusually large amount of water vapor available to make heavy rain. If the trough of low pressure approaching the East Coast taps into the large reservoir of cold air over Canada and pulls down a significant amount of Arctic air, as predicted, the potential exists for the unusually moist air from Sandy to collide with this cold air from Canada and unleash the heaviest October rains ever recorded in the Northeast U.S. Another huge concern is storm surge flooding. Sandy is expected to have tropical storm-force winds that extend out more than 300 miles from the center, which will drive a much larger storm surge than its winds would ordinarily suggest. The full moon is on Monday, which means astronomical tides will be at their peak for the month, increasing potential storm surge flooding.

    There remains a lot of model uncertainty on where Sandy might go, and I still give a 30% chance that the storm will have a minimal impact on the U.S. An extra set of balloon-borne radiosondes is going to be launched at 2 pm EDT on Thursday all across the U.S., which should help tomorrow evening's model runs make better forecasts of where Sandy might go. Extra radiosondes will be launched every 6 hours through Saturday afternoon.

    October 24, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. OvernOut

    I love that I've got my own personal "threat index" on the Weather Channel! I hope I'm not too bad, so I can return in seven years! Love the WC headline right now, "Sandy Could Be A Rare Event"! Always, honey, always! ; )

    October 24, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    sandy sucks

    October 24, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dieyoung

    Stay strong, Jamaica! Jah bless.

    October 25, 2012 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  15. PhilipisamaleprostieandtakestheTIPandyouknowit

    having been to vegas and lost his wife and child because of it because crack is wack.

    October 25, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
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