10-01-2015, 09:24 AM #1
Hurricane Joaquin, Forecast to Become Category 4 Storm, Hammers Bahamas; U.S. Landfall Still Possible
Oct 1 2015 08:47 AM EDT
The Latest (5 a.m. EDT Thursday)
Hurricane Joaquin's center is located about 65 miles southeast of San Salvador in the central Bahamas.
Maximum sustained winds are estimated at 120 mph, a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale.
Joaquin is undergoing rapid intensification that may bring it to Category 4 intensity sometime Thursday.
This system is moving slowly to the west-southwest and this is expected to continue through Thursday before turning north Friday into Saturday.
Hurricane watches and warnings are in effect for a large part of the Bahamas, where life-threatening conditions are expected in some areas.
Joaquin may directly or indirectly affect the East Coast late this weekend or early next week, and a landfall is possible.
Moisture and/or energy associated with Joaquin could enhance rainfall along the cold front in the Northeast late this week. Regardless, the East Coast will see significant impacts from the larger scale weather pattern taking shape.
Hurricane Joaquin strengthened to major hurricane status as a Category 3 storm Wednesday night, and is now hammering the central Bahamas. Prospects remain worrisome for the U.S. mainland as the official forecast continues with a chance of the East Coast seeing its first landfalling hurricane in 15 months.
10-01-2015, 10:10 AM #2
Thoughts and prayers for all who are in the path of the storm
10-01-2015, 01:31 PM #3
Thanks for the thread Coldpizza.
I'm on the NC coast and we are already soaked from rain the past 7-8 days. Our road was impassable Fri, Sat, Sun. & Mon. due to rain and the Super Blood Moon causing extremely high tides. We had relief Tues and Wed but today it's raining again from the system along the coast right now.
A couple of the spaghetti models show it making landfall on the NC coast so we aren't out of the woods yet as far as direct impact. However, even if it stays off shore by heading north, we are still forecast to get tropical storm force winds, rain and flooding high tides. We are under a 'state of emegency'.
Batten down the hatches and stay safe east coasters!...and be sure your sin will find you out.
10-01-2015, 05:06 PM #4
Looks like the latest models have moved the track east.
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10-03-2015, 11:34 PM #5
I keep watching the Weather Channel and am thinking of those in the path of this historic rainfall. They are all in my thoughts and prayers.
10-07-2015, 09:42 AM #6
Shocking aerial photos show Hurricane Joaquin's devastating path: Bahamas is left submerged while South Carolina mayor says 'things will get worse' after state's worst rainfall in 1,000 years
Aerial photos have revealed the devastating impact Hurricane Joaquin has had on the Bahamas and in South Carolina.
The record-breaking torrential downpours have subsided, but the flooding has produced a stark warning from politicians that thousands of people are still in danger.
Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin said: 'I believe that things will get worse before they get better', while South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley warned: 'This is not over'.
South Carolina was hit harder than any other state after their worst rain storm in 1,000 years - leaving 11 people dead and thousands homeless. More deaths may still be reported as well with officials going door to door in order to check on residents.
Over 20 inches fell in parts of the state on Sunday, which resulted in coffins rising from the ground at one cemetery in the state.
In the Bahamas, the storm's 100-plus mph winds blew the roof off homes - leaving parts of Crooked Island, Acklins and Long Island underwater.
The lack of clean drinking water on the islands has the left the government of the archipelagos working around the clock to get crews on the ground.
10-07-2015, 11:32 AM #7
This was one heck of a storm! It rained 11 of 14 days here in SE NC. Total rainfall est. 12 inches in my town and we had raw sewage leak into the street. Eels and fish were literally swimming in the streets with the flooding. Thankfully, the sun is finally shining today.
My thoughts and prayers are with our neighbors in SC. Columbia was hit especially hard!
On a lighter note....we made USA Today Sports section......because...food!
(They corrected the article from SC to NC)...and be sure your sin will find you out.
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