As of 5 pm Thursday, the National Weather Service says the center of Hurricane Sandy continues to move through the Central Bahamas tonight and will move near the northwestern Bahamas on Friday. The storm is packing sustained winds near 105 mph with higher gusts. Sandy is currently a Category Two hurricane. So far 21 people are dead, after Sandy made landfall in Haiti, Jamaica and Cuba.

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 15 miles from the center and tropical force winds extend outward up to 205 miles. Sandy is expected to grow larger in size during the next couple of days.

Sandy is expected to produce total rainfall amounts of 6 to 12 inches across Haiti and the Dominican Republic with isolated maximum amounts of 20 inches possible. These rains may produce life threatening flash floods and mudslides, especially in areas of mountainous terrain. Totals of 3 to 6 inches are expected over portions of the Bahamas with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches possible. Rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches are possible across the Florida Keys into southeast and east-central Florida with isolated maximum amounts of 6 inches possible.

The impacts for Central PA could be heavy rainfall with amounts of 3-4". So flooding and flash-flooding may be an issued. The heavy winds combining with saturated soil, may blow trees down. So wide-spread power outages are a concern.

The rain and winds can start as early as Sunday, but late Monday morning through Wednesday morning is where the bulk of the rain would fall from Sandy.

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