Joaquin strengthens to hurricane as it threatens Bahamas, East Coast - Metro US

Joaquin strengthens to hurricane as it threatens Bahamas, East Coast


The government of the Bahamas has issued a hurricane warning, according to the National Hurricane Center, which stated on Wednesday that Joaquin,formerly a tropical storm, has strengthened into the third hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season.

Joaquin, now a category 1 hurricane located about 245 miles (395 km) east-northeast of the central Bahamas with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 km/h), is expected to move near or over portions of the central Bahamas on Wednesday night and Thursday, the NHC said.

The NHC claimed that potentially life-threatening swells generated by Joaquin will affect portions of the east coast of Florida and the southeast coast of the United States by Friday.

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North Carolina’s WTKR claimed that Joaquin could strengthen to a category 2 hurricane by Friday when, due to strong winds and rough surf, the East Coast could start seeing major flood threats after receiving 4 to 6 inches of rain over the next several days.

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For now, it’s not certain where the storm could potentially affect the coastal United States, claimed William Babcock, a meteorologist with the Weather Service, according to a Joaquin report in the Boston Globe.

“It could go to the mid-Atlantic coast. It could go out to sea; it could go anywhere in between,” he said in the Globe.

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