Florida's emergency officials encourage residents and visitors to monitor the weather this week as Tropical Storm Sandy could bring indirect impacts to South Florida and the Atlantic Coast as it moves north through the Atlantic Ocean.
"Although Florida is not forecast to receive any direct impacts from Tropical Storm Sandy, South Florida and the Atlantic Coast could see windy conditions, rain and an elevated risk of rip currents this week and into the weekend," said Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management Bryan W. Koon. "All Floridians should remain aware of the storm and the possible indirect impacts for their area, and take appropriate precautions to keep themselves and their loved ones safe."
While the forecast track of Tropical Storm Sandy is still uncertain, residents and visitors in South Florida and the Atlantic Coast could see breezy winds of 25-35 miles per hour and rainfall of 1-3 inches, with locally heavier rainfall possible. Those along the coast may see increased wave height, as high as 10 feet along the coast and 20 feet offshore. The risk of rip currents will be elevated, and all beachgoers should use caution when swimming.
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