October 25th, 2012
08:49 PM ET

Bahamas braces for Hurricane Sandy

Editor's note: Residents along the East Coast are being warned to be wary of Hurricane Sandy, whose forecast track takes it along the coast, from off Florida on Friday to off the mid-Atlantic states and possibly as far north as Massachusetts by Tuesday. Here is the full story. See photos here.

The following are the latest developments.

[Updated at 9:32 p.m.] Eleven people in Cuba have died because of Hurricane Sandy, state news reported Thursday night, citing civil defense authorities.

[Updated at 8:49 p.m.] Hurricane Sandy lost a little strength early Thursday evening but still remains a Category 2 storm, the National Hurricane Center reported in its 8 p.m. advisory.

The hurricane has sustained winds of 100 mph - slightly weaker than the 105 mph reported just three hours earlier. Its eye is 105 miles east of the island nation's capital.

[Updated at 5:03 p.m.] Hurricane Sandy remains a Category 2 storm, according to the 5 p.m. update from the National Hurricane Center.

Its strongest sustained winds are still 105 mph. But a larger area is experiencing hurricane-force winds, which now extends 35 miles out from the hurricane's eye, than was the case earlier Thursday afternoon.

As of 5 p.m., the storm was centered about 125 miles east-southeast of Nassau and chugging north at 20 mph.

[Updated at 1:55 p.m.] Hurricane Sandy is now about 25 miles east of Great Exuma Island, the National Hurricane Center says.

It's expected to move through the central Bahamas today and near the northwestern Bahamas on Friday.  Maximum sustained winds are near 105 mph, with higher gusts.  It remains a Category 2 storm.

Tropical storm conditions are expected to reach parts of the east coast of Florida today and spread north through Friday.

Haiti and the Dominican Republic may get up to 20 inches of rain in some areas. Warnings and watches are in place for the islands and parts of Florida.

CNN Meteorologist Chad Myers warns that the storm will impact parts of the Northeast early next week, although the exact path remains unclear.

[Updated at 11:24 a.m. ET] Hurricane Sandy is approaching the central Bahamas with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph, and is about 65 miles south-southwest of the Bahamas' Long Island, the U.S. National Hurricane Center says. The hurricane is expected to move through the central Bahamas  later today and be near the northwestern Bahamas on Friday.

Flooding in the Bahamas could happen if peak storm surges come at high tide. If that happens, the Bahamas could see floodwaters of 5 to 8 feet. The storm is expected to drop 3 to 12 inches of rain over portions of the Bahamas, besides battering it with hurricane-force winds.

Sandy is a Category 2 hurricane, which has "extremely dangerous winds" of between 96-110 mph that can cause extensive damage, the hurricane center said.

Though the storm's eye isn't expected to hit Florida, a tropical storm warning - meaning tropical storm conditions are imminent - has been issued for  Lake Okeechobee and Florida's east coast from Ocean Reef to Flagler Beach. Flooding also is a concern in this area - 1 to 2 feet of flooding is possible if peak storm surges combine with high tide, the center said.

One to 3 inches of rain could fall across the Florida Keys into southeast and east-central Florida as the storm's center moves along - but relatively far away from - the coast Thursday and Friday, the center said.

A hurricane warning is in effect for the the Ragged Islands of the southeastern Bahamas, and central and northwestern Bahamas.

Now that it's about 100 miles north of Cuba, a hurricane warning for that country has been discontinued.

[Updated at 10:24 a.m. ET] Hurricane Sandy could mean extra business for Brevard County, Florida, as cruise lines send their ships into Port Canaveral, CNN affliliate WKMG reports.

“Some of the ships from Norfolk and Miami are coming to Port Canaveral. The passengers will be able to go to the beach and we’ll still sell shore excursions to the area attractions,” the station quoted Vance Gulliksen, a spokesman for Carnival Cruise Lines, as saying.

[Updated at 9:21 a.m. ET] Florida's Division of Emergency Management says that while Hurricane Sandy is not expected to come ashore in the state, it will still bring strong winds, heavy rain and dangerous conditions on beaches.

Winds along some parts of the state's east coast could reach 50 mph on Friday, the agency said.

Waves hitting beaches could reach 10 feet, it said, with a storm surge of 1 to 2 feet.

Beach erosion and coastal flooding were likely along with strong rip currents lasting into next week, the agency said.

[Updated at 8:59 a.m. ET] Florida school districts within the tropical storm warning area for Hurricane Sandy were canceling classes and activities as the storm moved off the state's east coast on Thursday.

Palm Beach County public schools were sending students home three hours early on Thursday and closing on Friday, the district said. Afterschool activities were canceled.

To the north in Martin County, schools were closing two hours early on Thursday and afterschool activities were canceled. The district said it would announce plans for Friday on Thursday.

In St. Lucie County, Thursday is a scheduled early release day for students and Friday is a scheduled student holiday.

To the south in Broward County, schools canceled all outdoor activities for Thursday and Friday, but classes continued as scheduled.

[Updated at 8:06 a.m. ET] Hurricane Sandy was moving Thursday morning between northeastern Cuba and the central Bahamas, the National Hurricane Center said in its 8 a.m. ET advisory.

Hurricane warnings are in effect for the Ragged Islands in the southeastern Bahamas as well as the central and the northeastern Bahamas. Warnings are also in effect for six provinces of Cuba.

Sandy remained a Category 2 storm with 105 mph winds.

[Updated at 7:54 a.m. ET] The Bahamas Department of Meteorology says Hurricane Sandy could produce storm surges of 5 to 8 feet on some islands.

[Update at 7:07 a.m.] A tropical storm warning for Florida has been extended north to Flagler Beach, between Daytona Beach to the south and Jacksonville to the north, as Hurricane Sandy was moving off Cuba and toward the Bahamas on Thursday morning, the National Hurricane Center said.

A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected in the area in 24 to 36 hours.

[Update at 6:38 a.m.] Hurricane Sandy was moving off the coast of Cuba Thursday morning, having weakened slightly. The National Hurricane Center said in its 5 a.m. ET update that the storm's maximum sustained winds were at 105 mph, down from 11o mph earlier Thursday.

[Update at 1:56 a.m.]  Sandy claims one life in Jamaica and one in Haiti, media reports said.

[Updated at 1:41 a.m.] Continuing to strengthen, Hurricane Sandy made landfall in southeastern Cuba early Thursday as a strong Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph and gusts to 115 mph, the National Hurricane Center in Miami reports.

[Posted at 1:33 a.m.] Hurricane Sandy rapidly strengthened into a Category 2 storm off the southeastern coast of Cuba early Thursday, the National Hurricane Center in Miami reports.

soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. ipmutt

    Trying to take the news focus off of another Obama lie. This is just how mainstream media works. We get a tropical rainstorm on a tropical island and they tell us the sky is falling.

    October 25, 2012 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
    • coffeebean02

      Just go vote and shut up...! PS, voted early to cancel yours out.

      October 25, 2012 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Benn

      I did too good coffeebean02. I got voted up last Wednesday. The president is still ahead in most of the swing states. He should be ok.

      October 25, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • CanThinkForMyself

      You obviously don't live in an area threatened by the hurricane and your smpathy for those that do is utterly lacking. What a jerk.

      My prayers go out to those in danger.

      October 25, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • kathleen

      Pleaseeeeee!!!!!

      October 25, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Of course this has nothing to do with the POTUS, as if he conjured up the storm magically...SMH.

      I hope everyone stays out of harm's way.
      My thoughts are with those affected.

      October 25, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • NoRadicals

      You rightees even bring up politics when we have bad weather. Just think about how dumb you sound. What does Obama have to do with the national hurricane center or the local one? Stop shooting beer cans for a moment and pick a book and educate yourselves. And I live in FL.

      October 25, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. GlamDuo™

    Prayers go out to everyone currently living in Jamaica who has been directly affected by Hurricane Sandy.

    October 25, 2012 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      How right you are, but I think its time a hurricane washed all the trash out of washington D.C. It doesn't matter who is in office, the federal government has shown Louisiana that they need our resources but they don't care the least that Louisiana is losing the protective wetlands as a result of some federal eggheads who decided to change the course of the Mississippi River to save a dime. Obama's response to Isaac was even worse than former president Bush's response to Katrina. Considering Katrina swelled to a cat5 and back to a cat3 before it made landfall it was packing a surge of a cat5. Bush ordered the M.R.G.O. filled in and the levees strengthened in New Orleans. Most of that work was completed before Obama took office, and Obama wants to steal the credit claiming that he protected New Orleans from a wimpy cat1 calling it a job well done. The job was so well done that Louisiana had major problems that we have never had with such a weak storm. The job isn't done, we need adequate storm protection for the entire state, not just one city.

      October 25, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. the prophet

    Good Morning everyone, hurricane forecast prediction will advance up north towards PA, NJ, and turning into New York heading west well inland carrying wide spread of winds up to 95 MPH gusting to 125 MPH with heavy rains, floods are expected throughout these localities, coastal region like Long Island will be washed away, thousands of houses will be lost. also a major earth quake will hit Maine.

    October 25, 2012 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
    • ForGoodOfAll

      Too funny! I'll start stacking up on my favorite essentials: junk food, wine coolers & of course some batteries...

      October 25, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Ally

      You can laugh all you want, but forecast models are showing a huge impact to the Northeast with Sandy. Current models have the central pressure dropping below 950mb and possible land fall in NJ. Although the models are trending landfall farther south with time. A NJ landfall would put Long Island in the worst area. I hope people are taking this seriously.

      October 25, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. cm

    God works in mysterious ways FOKES

    October 25, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • skydiver

      Who sys there is no God? Get the generators out in NY, PA, MD and ten other politically correct states. The nation's prayers are with you. Oh, I forgot, there is no God....OK, our thoughts are with you. Go CNN. Where's the hurricane/elecion story?

      October 25, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Hollywood

    I agree. Please observe all safety alerts and warnings. My prayers go out to everyone in the danger zones.

    October 25, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  6. kevobx

    The Lord God comes at the world like a whirlwind, grace and truth, he is Jesus Christ. What will America do with it's pride?

    October 25, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    So far I understand from my friends in the Bahamas it's just raining and I pray it stays that way. I love you guys.

    October 25, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kevin

    Mmm... these girls will taste like chicken 🙂

    October 25, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. stacy12

    jus amazes me how many morons there are in this world uneducated 20-40yr olds still living with there parents no job playin nintendos is there fault this country has such a bad rep

    October 25, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • charlie

      I dont like nintendo I have ps3, my mom bought it for me for my 42 birthday. thanking me for moving in with her to take care of my 74 year old father. I guess i am a moron too.

      October 25, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. the prophet

    My friends along the cost CT, LI, NY, NJ, please leave your houses, and find higher grounds, sea waves can be over 50 feet, inland the rains will be coming down at 10 inches per hour or more, the heavy rain will wash away hills, bridges ,cars ,and houses will be swept away many will die.

    October 25, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Hadenuffyet

    Why is it that , in general , latin american and caribbean nations can't build anything that looks halfway decent. Everything looks like warzone even without the storms , unless it's a tourist trap.

    October 25, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • popeye

      It's called money and no way to make it unless it is a tourist trap. Curious how old you are. Pretty unaware of the rest of the world it seems.

      October 25, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. popeye

    Pretty much a fact of life in Cuba. I hope New Yorkers have their sphincters tightened up.

    October 25, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. God

    Sorry, I sneezed. I bless Me.

    October 25, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Steve

    It looks like it just missed Varadero. One of the best places in Cuba to go for a holiday!

    October 25, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. popeye

    [Updated at 10:24 a.m. ET] Hurricane Sandy could mean extra business for Brevard County, Florida, as cruise lines send their ships into Port Canaveral, CNN affliliate WKMG reports.

    How nice. Always about the almighty dollar.

    October 25, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
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