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MIAMI (AP) -- As Hurricane Sandy moves to the north, forecasters have lifted a tropical storm warning for the east coast of Florida from Deerfield Beach northward to Jupiter Inlet.

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The National Hurricane Center said Friday evening that a tropical storm warning remains in effect from Jupiter Inlet northward to St. Augustine. A tropical storm watch has been issued for the east coast of Florida from north of St. Augustine to Fernandina Beach, near the Georgia line.

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As of 8 p.m. Friday, Sandy was 400 miles south-southeast of Charleston, S.C., with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. It was moving to the north at 7 mph. Tropical storm conditions were expected along the east coast of Florida on Friday night, with some areas getting 1 to 2 inches of rain. The so-called megastorm is expected to pick up speed as it turns toward the north-northeast on Saturday and then follow a northeastern path on Sunday.

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10/26/2012 10:07:28 PM (GMT -4:00)