Torrential downpours, high winds, dangerous surf and beach erosion are all possible impacts of Sandy as the storm moves east of Florida.
Sandy is expected to pass a couple hundred miles to the north and east of Miami Friday as a massive Category 1 hurricane.
"Friday morning is when Miami will receive the worst of Sandy," AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Steve Travis said.
The immediate coast could receive 2-4 inches of rain from the outer bands of Sandy, causing localized flooding concerns. However, 50-60 miles inland, rainfall will be much less with amounts of half an inch more likely.
Sustained winds of 30-40 mph and tropical storm-force wind gusts are likely in Miami. There could be some incidences of downed trees, power outages and minor roof damage with this magnitude of wind.
Rough surf, numerous and strong rip currents and beach erosion are other major concerns as Sandy moves east of the area. Waves as high as 12-14 feet will pound the coast Friday morning.
For a larger version of the hurricane path, visit the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center.
While lulls in tropical activity in the Atlantic will continue, a rapid end to the hurricane season in September does not always occur during an El Nino.
After heat has dominated headlines this summer, cool air has finally taken control of the northern half of Europe with no signs of departing anytime soon.
Steering winds could take Ignacio, as a remnant storm, into the southeastern arm of Alaska or British Columbia during the middle days of next week.
While Tropical Storm Kevin will stay well away from Mexico, its moisture will still lead to an increase in showers and thunderstorms from Baja California to the Four Corners region of the United States.
A stormy weather pattern will prevail through September across much of southern South America.
Downpours will spread from Italy to Ukraine to start the weekend before cooler air works southward and eventually sweeps the heat wave away from the Balkan Peninsula.
Greatest natural disaster for Arizona. Rains in central Arizona caused rivers to rise 5-10 feet per hour, sweeping cars and buildings 30-40 feet downstream. Twenty-three lives were claimed by the floodwaters. This rain came from Tropical Storm Norma.
Los Angeles, CA (1988)
110 degrees -- all-time September record.
Washington, DC (1939)
"Once in a hundred-year rainstorm" 4.40 inches in 2 hours at the Washington Zoo.