All tropical storm warnings and watches were canceled for Florida's east coast Saturday as tropical storm force winds reached North Carolina, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.
As of 5 p.m. Saturday, the storm was located 335 miles east-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina. It had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and was moving northeast at 13 mph, the NHC said.
A tropical storm warning was in effect from the South Santee River in South Carolina until Duck, North Carolina and for Bermuda. The warning was also extended for Pamlico and Albermarle Sounds.
A tropical storm watch was in effect from Savannah River to South Santee River.
High wind watches were in effect for land north of the tropical storm warning areas, according to the NHC. Florida's east coast north of Cape Canaveral could experience one to two feet of storm surge, while Long Island Sound can expect as much as eight feet.
Hurricane Sandy is expected to turn toward the northeast tonight with little overall change in strength. A turn toward the north is expected Sunday night.
High wind warnings and watches were in effect for mid-Atlantic states and southern New England, with storm surge expected, the NHC said. Sandy is expected to approach the coast of mid-Atlantic states late Monday.
Dangerous surf conditions will continue from Florida through the Carolinas for the next couple of days.
Meanwhile, sunny and dry conditions returned to South Florida. Winds will continue through the weekend but will decrease over the next few days.
In Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, sections of Fort Lauderdale beach were affected by Sandy. The intersection of Sunrise Blvd. and AIA as well as Bayshore Drive to NE 20th St. were closed Saturday.