Breaking: ‘Joaquin’ Upgraded to Category-3 Hurricane Near Bahamas
‘Joaquin’ Upgraded to Category-3 Hurricane Near Bahamas
According to the National Weather Service in Miami at 11:00 PM Eastern time, Joaquin was been upgraded to a category-3 hurricane, still with uncertainty as to whether-or-not the super-cell will make landfall, impacting tens of millions of residents along the east coast. The storm is currently carrying winds of about 115 miles per hour, though higher wind gusts are possible. Hurricane-force winds stretch to a 35-mile radius, with tropical storm-force winds ranging outward of 140 miles from the eye. The storm is expected to get stronger over Thursday night into Friday morning.
A hurricane ‘watch’ was just issued for the following locations:
Southeastern Bahamas including the Acklins, Crooked Island, Long Cay, the Inaguas, Mayaguana, and the Ragged Islands, but excluding the Turks and Caicos Islands. * Andros Island
Tide levels are expected to be anywhere from 5-8 feet above normal within these regions.
Threat of US Landfall
The National Weather Service has also issued this statement in an image on social media.
1.) Preparations to protect life and property within the warning areas in the Bahamas should be rushed to completion.
2.) A significant adjustment to the forecast has been made this afternoon to reflect an increased threat to the mid-Atlantic states and the Carolinas.
However, confidence in the details of the forecast after 72 hours remains low, since we have one normally excellent model that keeps Joaquin far away from the United States east coast. The range of possible otcomes is still large, and includes the possibility of a major hurricane landfall in the Carolinas.
3.) Every effort is being made to provide the forecast models with as much data as possible.
The NOAA G-IV jet has begun a series of missions in the storm environment, and the National Weather Service has begun launching extra balloon soundings.
4.) Because landfall, if it occurs, is still more than three days away, it’s too early to talk about specific wind, rain or surge impacts from Joaquin in the United States.
Regardless of Joaquin’s track, strong onshore winds will create minor to moderate coastal flooding along the coasts of the mid-Atlantic and northeastern states through the weekend.
5.) A hurricane watch for a portion of the U.S. coast could be required as earl as Thursday evening.
6.) Many areas of the eastern U.S are currently experiencing heavy rains and gusty winds associated with a frontal system.
This inclement weather is expected to continue over the ext few days, which could complicate preparations for Joaquin should it head toward the coast, and greatly exacerbate the impacts from the hurricane.
National Hurricane Center: www.hurricanes.gov
Hurricane Preparation Tips
Are you in any of the current projected paths of the hurricane? Do you live in the Carolinas or anywhere else on the east-coast? NOAA provides these tips for preparedness:
The Time to Prepare is NOW!
What should you do to prepare for a hurricane?
Get a plan. The most important step is to identify your hurricane risk. Do you live in an evacuation zone? If so, you need to plan on where you and your family would ride out the storm if you are told to evacuate. Most people only need to evacuate a few miles from the coast to avoid the dangers of storm surge. Find a friend or relative that lives outside the storm surge evacuation zone and have a plan to ride out the storm with them. You should also establish a family communications plan in case you are not together when you need to evacuate.
Once a person understands their risk for hurricane impacts, an appropriate disaster safety plan should be developed to help ensure an individual’s and a family’s safety. A disaster safety plan is a comprehensive plan that identifies all of the steps a family needs to take before, during, and after a disaster to ensure maximum personal safety and property protection. For a step-by-step guide on creating a family disaster plan please seeFlorida’s “Get a Plan” guide. Citizens should also visit their State Emergency Management Agency websites for family disaster plan templates that may be more suited to a local area.
Coastal residents should go to their local emergency managers for evacuation zone information. This information is typically available on-line. A county-by-county list of evacuation zone resources is available at:http://flash.org/hurricane-season/evacuation-zones/Evacuation_Zone_Identification_Survey.pdf
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