Posted by Phil Ferro
South Florida continues to feel the effects of a weakening Hurricane Sandy as it slowly drifts north over the Northern Bahamas. The biggest change until now has been the cancelation of the tropical storm warnings for both Miami Dade and Broward which has been replaced with a wind advisory that remains in effect until 11 pm this evening. Showers are expected to move in during the overnight hours and the pattern should continue through tomorrow morning as a result of Sandy's feeder bands. Improvement should begin for our area as early as Saturday afternoon with a cold front approaching South Florida by Monday. Unlike recent cold fronts, this one is expected to bring the first wave of cooler and drier air for our area with temperatures nearly 10 degrees below average for Tuesday and Wednesday morning.
High pressure will continue to push Sandy towards the NNE where it will eventually become a concern for the Northeastern states during the middle of next week. As of the 5 pm advisory, maximum sustained winds for Sandy were of 75 mph moving North at 7 mph.
TROPICAL STORM WARNING is in place for the Florida East coast from North of Deerfield Beach to St. Augustine, South of Santee River to Duck (including Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds) as well as Great Abaco and Grand Bahama Islands.
TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR is in effect from Savannah River to South of the Santee River, the Florida East Coast from North of St. Augustine to Fernandina Beach and for Bermuda.
Wind Advisory is in effect for Miami Dade and Broward counties until 11 pm.