Florida Emergency Management Director Bryan Koon says rip currents, windy conditions and large ocean swells will be Hurricane Sandy's biggest threats to Florida this week. Beach erosion and coastal flooding also may occur.
The storm, which reached Category 2 early Thursday as it roared over Cuba, is not expected to turn toward Florida's coasts, but officials say some parts of Florida could see wind gusts as high as 50 or 60 mph.
Elsewhere, Hurricane Sandy carved into the populous southeastern coast of Jamaica on Wednesday, stranding travelers and hammering shantytowns with howling winds and rains. It is expected to cross over the Bahamas.