Florida's emergency officials warn Tropical Storm Sandy could bring indirect impacts to Gasparilla Island as it moves across the state.
"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 Bryan Koon, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. "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."
The forecast track is still uncertain but Gasparilla Island could see breezy winds of 25 to 35 mph and rainfall of 1 to 3 inches, with locally heavier rainfall possible.
Those along the Atlantic 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.