East Coast Braces for Flooding as Tropical Storm Brews in Atlantic

Tropical Storm Joaquin as of earlier this afternoon. (The Weather Channel)

Tropical Storm Joaquin as of earlier this afternoon. (The Weather Channel)

East Coast Braces for Flooding as Tropical Storm Brews in Atlantic

(Atlantic Ocean)

A 125-mile-wide tropical storm is escalating in the Atlantic, as weather experts expect it to upgrade to a full-blown hurricane over the next 24 hours. Tropical storm Joaquin is currently at 70 mph (5 mph increase over past 4 hours) and has already jumped to 990 millibars in barometric pressure, a tell-tale sign of increasing windspeeds to come.

Though the storm is expected to weaken over the weekend, eastern-coastal areas of the United States from North Carolina to New England are bracing for a potential impact. Some models estimate that the storm could hit landfall in Cape Hatteras by Sunday. Even without landfall, heavy rains and winds will still threaten flood-prone regions still numb by echoes of Hurricane Sandy.

The Hurricane Watch continues throughout the night in the Bahamas. The National Weather Service estimates that San Salvador may see rainfall of up to 12 inches or more through Thursday.

Tropical Storm Joaquin may be upgraded to a hurricane over the next 24 hours. (NWS)

Tropical Storm Joaquin may be upgraded to a hurricane over the next 24 hours. (NWS)

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