UPDATED: Hurricane Sandy heads for state

Story update: THURSDAY 12:02 PM — The latest forecast model from the National Hurricane Center, released at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, puts Hurricane Sandy on track right for the tri-state area. According to the model, Sandy is expected to be off the North Carolina and Virginia shores on Monday morning and off the New Jersey shore on Tuesday morning.

TUESDAY UPDATE: As Tropical Storm Sandy makes it way toward Jamaica today, Tuesday, Oct. 23, weather forecasters in the Northeast are keeping an eye on the storm and warning of a potential impact in the area.

That potential, for now, is small.

"There is a low probability of significant rainfall and strong winds sometime early next week," according to a hazardous weather outlook report for southern Connecticut issued Tuesday by the National Weather Service.

"This will depend on the track of Tropical Cyclone Sandy that is still south of the Caribbean Islands," the weather service stated. "However, this storm may very well just move out to sea and have little, if any, impact on our weather."

The storm is expected to become a hurricane on Wednesday as it approaches Jamaica, according to the National Hurricane Center. Computer models, according to the hurricane center, show Sandy going over Jamaica, eastern Cuba and the Bahamas before possibly approaching the Eastern Seaboard.

The weather service stressed that as of now there is a low probability for Sandy to impact on southern Connecticut — and it would still be "around a week away — so stay tuned to later forecasts throughout the week."