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WEATHER UPDATE: Tropical storm conditions possible for Carolinas

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Hurricane Sandy will move northward through the Bahamas on Friday, bringing tropical storm conditions to the east coast of Florida.
Tropical storm conditions are possible in the Carolinas on Saturday and Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service. Sandy is expected to turn toward the northeast on Saturday, followed by a turn to the northwest early next week, with direct impacts expected for the Mid-Atlantic or Northeast U.S.
A high rip current risk is in effect through Saturday morning for coastal Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties.
Hurricane Sandy begin to impact the beaches early Friday morning. A swell of 6 to 7 feet offshore at 10 to 12 seconds will create breaking waves of 5 to 7 feet at local beaches.
Strong rip currents are expected. The strongest rip currents will occur around low tide and near jetties and piers.
The strongest rip currents will occur within a two-hour window either side of low tide.
As Sandy moves northward, squally weather will spread to the eastern Carolinas late tonight and Saturday, with gusts near 50 mph.
This will then be a catastrophic storm for the Middle Atlantic and Northeast. Meteorologists with AccuWeather said it will not be a purely tropical system, with a core of powerful winds near the center, but rather more like a Nor’Easter, with strong winds over a larger area.
Damaging winds will affect areas from Virginia up into New York and New England, leading to widespread power outages and property damage.
Check back later for more updates as we have them.