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Hurricane Sandy Slows; Forecast Brings Storm Up Delaware Bay

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Hurricane Sandy is slowly coming north, and the latest official forecasts have it taking aim at the Delaware Bay.

FOX 29 Chief Meteorologist Scott Williams says the latest track means a significant impact for our area, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, adding, "Now is time to prepare."

The category-one hurricane could merge with a cold front to our Northwest and potentially become a super storm dubbed the "Frankenstorm" by forecasters.

As of 5 p.m., Sandy was 420 miles south-southeast of Charleston, S.C. The National Hurricane Center says the storm's winds have weakened to 75 mph, down from 105 mph on Thursday.

After an earlier shift to the northwest, the storm is now headed north at just 7 mph, a significant drop from the 20 mph clip it was moving at yesterday.

A Tropical Storm Warning is now in effect for the Carolinas. A Flood Watch is posted for the southern tip of the Delmarva Peninsula.

Just about all of the "spaghetti models" show Sandy hooking to the northeast, then back to the northwest and making landfall on the East Coast, although there's some difference in the computer-generated models on exactly where that happens.

The National Hurricane Center's latest storm track brings Sandy up the Delaware Bay early on Tuesday. But the cone of uncertainty extends from Cape Hatteras, N.C., up to Long Island, N.Y.

Forecasts do have it holding together as a category-one hurricane through the weekend and into Monday and Tuesday. It's not until it makes landfall that it does weaken a bit into a low-pressure system.

Even if we don't get a direct hit, we'll still feel the effects of it because it's a pretty big storm. We'll get some rain and wind even if we're not in the direct path.

As for coastal impacts, there's a strong possibility of significant beach erosion, major coastal flooding (in part due to Monday's full moon) and damaging winds Sunday through Tuesday.

And there could be a lot of rain. The National Weather Service's precipitation forecast shows almost 10 inches of rainfall are possible at the shore points, and 6 to 8 inches could fall well inland.

Many trees still have their leaves, so the likelihood of power outages due to fallen trees and branches is raised, and fallen leaves clogging drains could also pose a problem.

Conditions will start to deteriorate here on Sunday. Monday and Tuesday look like the days when we'll feel the effects of whatever we get from Sandy.

We could possibly see the showers start to taper off Wednesday and dry up in time for trick-or-treating on Halloween night. That's a big if though as we factor in the storm's effects.

Make sure you stay with us on the air and on MyFOXPhilly.com, and we'll keep you updated.

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