Sandy pounds Bahamas; Effects will not be as severe in Lowcountry

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC/AP) - Power is out in parts of the Bahamas after a blow from Hurricane Sandy. It weakened to a Category 1 storm overnight, with top winds of 80 miles an hour, but not before flooding roads and cutting off islands in the Bahamas.

Live 5 News Meteorologist Chad Watson says effects for the Lowcountry will not be as severe as the worst of Sandy will be felt along beaches as the hurricane approaches the coastline later Friday afternoon.

During that time, the far outer bands of Sandy will be on the South Carolina coastline.

You can expect some rain to come our way in the next twelve hours with wind gusts from 35 to 45 mph in the next 24 to 36 hours, but no direct impact inland.

Officials in the Bahamas say the storm seems to have inflicted the greatest damage on the island of Exuma, where there are reports of downed trees, power lines and damage to homes.

In all, the storm is linked to 29 deaths across the Caribbean. And it's now on a path that could see it blend with a winter storm as it hits the U.S. East Coast early next week.

The hurricane left 11 people dead in Cuba as its winds and rain toppled houses and ripped off roofs. It was Cuba's deadliest storm in more than seven years. Sixteen people died in Haiti, and one in Jamaica.

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