TODAY   |  October 25, 2012

Hurricane Sandy hits 105 mph, heads north

TODAY’s Al Roker tracks Hurricane Sandy after it makes landfall in Southern Cuba with heavy rain and wind gusts up to 105mph. As it moves up north through the Bahamas and eastern Cuba, tropical storm watches have been issued in the Florida Keys.

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>>> storm. good morning to you.

>> good morning, savannah, and here's a storm , a powerful storm , a category 2 , dangerous storm 440 miles southeast of miami, florida . 105-mile-per-hour winds, picking up speed moving north at 18 miles per hour. you can alrdy see rain bands making their way into southern florida . here's what we have watches and warnings wise, we are expecting to see hurricane warnings right now throughout -- just about the entire bahamas and eastern cuba. we also have tropical storm warnings now up for a good portion of the eastern florida coast from key largo up to daytona beach with tropical storm watches back through the keys and up past north of daytona beach . the path of the storm , here's what we look for right now. basically staying a category 2 storm . but once it comes off of the cuba area, where it's gotten torn apart a little bit by the mountain there, it becomes a category 1 storm . saturday paralleling the southeastern coast. in the meantime causing big problems for the southern and eastern florida coast. now, here's where the computer models differ. and this is what we are concerned abt. in yellow, the american computer model keeps it off the coast and eventually hooks it into new england. the european model which historically is the more accurate of the two long-range by sunday keeps it close to the east coast and then early on monday, brings it into the delmarva peninsula south of new jersey, which would be horrible for the northeast. because that brings the strongest quadrant of the storm , the northeastern quadrant along this megaopolis. we have to keep an eye on this because as we move into the weekend, the entire eastern sea board is in play and we'll continue to track it.