Updates to be given this weekend as Hurricane Sandy passes to the west

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Increased winds and dangerous surf is being forecasted for Bermuda as the Island is under a tropical storm watch for the weekend due to Hurricane Sandy.

Sandy is to the west southwest of Bermuda and will bring an increase in winds that began last night and carry into next week.

The hurricane is a very large storm with tropical storm conditions expected to impact Island Sunday.

Residents can also expect showers, thunderstorms as predicted by the Bermuda Weather Service.

Flights to and from Bermuda have yet to be cancelled from cities affected by the storm, with updates due to be announced closer to time of impact.

Bermudian will be using their experience of hurricanes as the entire Northeast coast of the United States is preparing for Hurricane Sandy.

Potential flooding, high winds and even snow early next week is anticipated as the storm made its way up the Atlantic Ocean after killing 31 people in the Caribbean.

A vast range of land ranging from Virginia to New York will be directly impacted when the storm hits landfall on Monday.

Sandys core could hit anywhere between the Mid-Atlantic and the New York area, and is projected to make landfall near Delaware Bay, just south of New Jersey.

Bermudians Nathan Moore and Tyler Marshall, who are in Massachusetts and District of Columbia respectively, aren’t experiencing any changes in their weather but are preparing for the worse.

“The weather’s not doing anything weird up here yet, but from the sounds of things it’s going to be more like Monday before we start seeing this stuff in the Boston area,” said Mr Moore.

Mr Marshall explained: “The weather now appears to be the proverbial ‘calm before the storm’. Based on last year’s Hurricane Irene that impacted the area I expect the grocery stores to be crowded into the weekend as people prepare. Flash flooding and high winds are expected.

“As a Bermudian I am pretty used to these storms and Sandy doesn’t seem to be becoming anything stronger than a Category one.

“I did have friends coming into town that have decided not to come in fear of getting stuck if the airlines begin cancelling flights.”

Sandy was exiting the Bahamas on Friday, having weakened from a category two to a category one overnight.

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Published Oct 27, 2012 at 8:00 am (Updated Oct 26, 2012 at 10:29 pm)

Updates to be given this weekend as Hurricane Sandy passes to the west

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