DARE COUNTY, NC - Emergency officials along the coast of North Carolina and Virginia are watching Hurricane Sandy as she heads up the East Coast.

Dare County emergency officials said Thursday they expect strong winds, heavy rain and beach erosion to begin around 8:00 p.m. Saturday and end Sunday evening.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warns it will hit around the full moon, increasing the potential for flooding, causing overwash on NC 12 on Hatteras Island.

'If the track is farther west with the center closer to the coast, the entire region becomes more vulnerable to stronger winds, heavy rain, and more widespread tidal flooding,' noted 13News Meteorologist Craig Moeller.

Friday is the kick-off for the Outer Banks Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants hope the storm will pass quickly. Because of the expected bad weather, the Chili Cookoff has been moved to Saturday, November 3rd.

Virginia Beach's Office of Emergency Management is also watching Hurricane Sandy's progress. Officials advise residents to be prepared in case of heavy rain, possible flooding and gale force winds this weekend.

Forecasters expect heavy rain or snow, persistent gale-force winds, storm surge and flooding from an unusual hybrid of hurricane and winter storm focused around New York City and New Jersey.

Snow? Meteorologists says Hurricane Sandy in the Caribbean will collide with an early winter storm from the West and a blast of arctic air from the North, sloshing and parking over the country's most populous coastal corridor starting Sunday. The worst of it should be early Tuesday, but it could stretch into Halloween on Wednesday and beyond.

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