As of Wednesday morning, the storm churning just off the coast of Jamaica was a category one hurricane with sustained winds of 80 mph. It was slowly moving north and northeast at 10 to 15 mph.
Hurricane "Sandy", as it's being called, is being watched carefully for a few different reasons. One, it's a hurricane so it bears watching! It's expected to move almost exactly north and make it's way across several resort islands, including the Bahamas.
Hurricane warnings are posted for Jamaica and the eastern half of Cuba. Tropical storm warnings are posted for the Bahamas and tropical storm watches are posted for the eastern coast of Florida.
The latest models have Sandy as a Cat 1 Hurricane when it crosses Jamaica and Cuba and then weakening to a tropical storm as it makes it's way across the Bahamas.
Then, this is where American meteorologists are really going to be watching. The storm is expected to stay in the Atlantic but could come back and form a nor'easter, bringing with it a lot of cold and snow for the east coast. Definitely one we'll be watching closely!