Forecasters predict 40 mph winds, up to 6 inches of rain for Havelock area

Published: Friday, October 26, 2012 at 09:35 AM.

In Carteret County, which is under a tropical storm watch, winds are expected to be 35 to 55 mph with gusts to 70 mph. The weather service predicts little chance of hurricane-force winds of 75 mph in the area.

Waves are expected to be 8 to 12 feet with dangerous rip current threats. Authorities are advising swimmers to stay out of the water and boaters not to go out into the sounds or seas.

Larger impacts from the storm are expected north of Cape Lookout and along the Outer Banks.

As of 2 p.m.. Friday, Sandy had 75 mph winds and was off the coast of Miami, Fla., moving north at 7 mph. The National Hurricane Center predicts Sandy will slow in forward motion and turn to the northeast, staying off the coast of North Carolina Sunday and Monday before curving back northwesterly and making landfall Tuesday somewhere along the mid-Atlantic coast, possibly in Maryland, Delaware or New Jersey. 

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