A tropical storm watch has been posted in Jamaica and Haiti due to the formation of Tropical Storm Sandy about 400 miles south of the island. On its current path, the storm could bring high winds and surf to Jamaica on Tuesday and to Haiti on Wednesday. Residents and travelers to Cuba and the Bahamas also are advised to keep an eye on the storm's progress. Sandy currently has winds of about 40 mph but is not expected to strengthen into a hurricane.
UPDATE 10/23/12: Sandy may get stronger: Jamaica is now under a hurricane warning, as are portions of Cuba. Haiti remains under a tropical storm watch, and a watch has been added for the central and southeastern Bahamas. The storm is now projected to be over or near Jamaica on Wednesday.
UPDATE 10/24/12: Tropical Storm Sandy is approaching Jamaica this morning. Hurricane warnings remain in effect for Jamaica and Cuba. Tropical storm warnings are posted for the central and northwestern Bahamas. Tropical storm watches are up for the southeastern Bahamas, the Florida Keys, and the east coast of Florida.
UPDATE, 11 a.m., 10/24: Sandy grows to hurricane strength at it approaches Jamaica. Hurricane Sandy has 80 mph winds and is a Category 1 hurricane.
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