Sandy's change in path brought a tropical storm watch to Beaufort County and local weather will be stronger than originally anticipated, Frank Alsheimer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service said Friday. A tropical storm warning has also been issued for waters off the coast.
Heavy rain was expected Friday night and today, especially along the coast, with lighter rain likely inland. Strong winds of up 25 or 30 mph were expected to last into Sunday. High surf, rip currents and beach erosion are anticipated as well, and people should stay out of the water.
Sandy should pass by the area tonight on her way north, Alsheimer said.
"It is unlikely we are going to get any direct impact from the storm," he said. "The storm would really have to make a large turn to do that."
Between the clouds and the wind, temperatures likely won't get out of the 60s during the day throughout most of next week. Early-morning lows will be in the 40s, he said, about 10 degrees below normal for this time of year and more typical for mid-December temperatures.