Tropical Storm Sandy Reaching Hurricane Strength

The storm could reach Long Island and the Northeast.
3:00 | 10/24/12

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Let's get to the tropical storm and sandy. She's poised to become a hurricane as early as today. Pounding parts of the caribbean with relentless rains and winds. Sam? Today's the day. We watched sandy move across jamaica, cuba and haiti with 20 inches of rain. It's growing in strength and size. Should weaken on the other side of cuba. We already have some watches out. These are tropical storm watches. In the central keys. They go dade county, broward county and palm beach county. This is 150 miles to 200 miles off the coast of florida on its closest path. Here's what is steering sandy after this. This is what has everyone interested. Watch the dip in the jet stream. How much force leaves an open doorway here for sandy to potentially move up the eastern seaboard. Some models are doing that. If that loop is a little more flat, it will shove this storm into the atlantic. The problem is, we don't know what will happen. Look at the models and the trends here. One model against the coastline. Today, more than six. We have to watch it carefully for the first of next week. We'll do that so you are not surprised by the storm.

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