Hurricane Sandy has now passed the Bahamas as it continues northward in the Atlantic.
The National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Watch from the Savannah River north to Oregon Inlet, North Carolina. However, forecasters do not think Sandy will hit the South Carolina. Instead, they suspect it will travel about 250 miles off the coast before weakening and turning northwest on Monday morning and possibly coming ashore as a strong storm near the Chesapeake Bay or New Jersey regions.
A watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, although forecasters do not think the storm will reach the area.
As of 11 a.m. Friday, the storm was near Great Abaco Island and moving northward at a speed of 6 miles per hour. Its maximum sustained winds were 80 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service.