Jamaica braces for advancing Tropical Storm Sandy

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This NOAA satellite image taken Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 01:45 AM EDT shows Tropical Storm Sandy well south of Jamaica nearly stationary. Max winds are 45 mph and with strengthening expect over the next 24 hours. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Jamaica and Haiti. Tropical Depression 19 has formed in the central Atlantic and is moving north at 9 mph. Max winds are 35 mph and some strengthening is expected over the next 24 hours. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)Jamaicans on Tuesday braced for sheets of rain, violent winds and a powerful storm surge as strengthening Tropical Storm Sandy churned south of the Caribbean country's southern coast.

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