HALIFAX - The Canadian Hurricane Centre says hurricane Sandy could affect parts of Eastern Canada early next week.
The centre says the storm will move through the Bahamas with winds in excess of 140 kilometres into Friday.
The storm is expected to track northward while remaining at or near hurricane strength over the weekend.
Forecasters say Sandy is expected to lose some of its tropical characteristics as it moves north early next week, however, the storm is expected to remain a large and powerful cyclone as it shifts toward the U.S. East Coast.
The centre says it's too early to say how the storm will affect particular areas, although Thursday's advisory was issued for the Maritimes, southern Quebec and southern Ontario.