As of Thursday morning, Hurricane Joaquin is a dangerous Category 3 hurricane with sustained winds of 125 mph and gusts of 155 mph! The center of Joaquin is over Samana Cays in the Bahamas, and the storm is moving southwest at 5 mph. According to the National Hurricane Center, Joaquin could mean big trouble for the United States.
If the current trajectory holds, Joaquin will strengthen into a deadly Category 4 storm right over the heart of the Bahamas. Then, on Friday, it will take a turn toward the north and start heading toward the U.S. coastline. At least one projection places the center of Joaquin near the eastern tip of Virginia by Monday morning. If that scenario comes true, then Joaquin would move right over Washington, D.C. and cause flooding in the nation’s capital.
Currently, the projected path of Joaquin will take the storm north toward New York City and Connecticut with landfall expected early Tuesday morning.
The best case path projections show Joaquin turning east into the open waters of the Atlantic Monday morning and avoiding the North American coastline altogether.
Either way, Hurricane Joaquin is a dangerous storm that we should watch closely.