Sandy back to hurricane strength

Sandy has now been upgraded back to a Category 1 hurricane.

After a brief weakening, an Air Force Hurricane Hunter Aircraft found sustained winds of 75mph with higher gusts.

Little strengthening is expected over the next few days.

Sandy is still forecast to make a gradual turn to the Northeast and stay several hundred miles off of the Carolina Coast.

"Widespread impacts" are still expected into next week for the U.S. East Coast.

The storm was expected to increase in speed and move away from the Bahamas and parallel to the southeast coast of the United States later this weekend.

Maximum sustained winds dropped to near 70 mph early Saturday, pushing it below the threshold for being classified as a hurricane, but just a few hours later, it was a hurricane again.

Sandy killed more than 40 people in the Caribbean, wrecked homes and knocked down trees and power lines.

To read how Hurricane Sandy will impact the Grand Strand and Pee Dee, click here.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.