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Hurricane Sandy lands in Bahamas, rain headed our way

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - As Hurricane Sandy continues to churn out in the ocean, authorities warn boaters and swimmers to take extra precaution.

Right now in the Grand Strand and Pee Dee we're working with a lot of sunshine Thursday afternoon. More sun means more warmth with highs topping out near 80.

But changes will start taking place Friday night as we track Hurricane Sandy off the Carolina coastline, which is now a Category 2 storm with 105 mph.

While it is expected to stay well offshore, it's such a large storm we'll likely see breezy winds Saturday along with some rain closer to the coast. Get the latest on Sandy with the WMBF Hurricane Tracker on WMBFNews.com.

By Sunday, things start clearing out but we will be cooling off behind the next cold front. 

The Coast Guard Sector Charleston is strongly urging boaters and swimmers to stay off and out of ocean waters along the Georgia and South Carolina coastlines until the expected Hurricane Sandy has passed and sea conditions return to normal.

Until that time, you can expect heavy seas, dangerous rip currents, significant rain and damaging winds that will present serious dangers to boaters and swimmers.

The Coast Guard says boaters should take necessary precautions to ensure their personal safety due to strong gusty winds associated with the outer weather bands of the storm.

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