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Sandy loses steam over Cuba, moving towards Bahamas

Off the coast of Jamaica. (Photo: Alex Kreitman) Off the coast of Jamaica. (Photo: Alex Kreitman)
Sandy's projected track at 9 a.m. Thursday. Sandy's projected track at 9 a.m. Thursday.
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC/AP) -

Hurricane Sandy has weakened slightly since passing over Cuba Thursday morning, but still remains a Category 2 hurricane.

The Category 2 hurricane had recorded max wind speeds of 105 miles per hour early Thursday, and the Bahamas is up next on its path.  Sandy is moving north/northwest at about 16 miles per hour as she moves into the warm waters of the Bahamas.

Live 5 Meteorologist Chad Watson say Hurricane Sandy is not expected to make landfall in the United States at this time.
 
Wednesday evening, forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center on issued a warning for Ocean Reef to the Sebastian Inlet. Watches are out for north of Sebastian Inlet to Flagler Beach and the Florida Upper Keys.

Watson says Sandy should bring some rough surf to the South Carolina coast on Friday and some precipitation will come along with some breezy winds on Saturday.

The system is expected to turn away from the east coast on Sunday, before heading back towards the northeastern coast.

By Monday night, New York and the Delmarva area are expected to feel the effects of Sandy which is expected to intensify into a category 3 hurricane.

Track the storm at our Hurricane Center.

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