Joaquin Update: Category 3 Possible

 

Hurricane Joaquin bumped winds up to 85 mph and is expected to dump 5-to-10 inches of rain on the Bahamas by Thursday. The National Hurricane Center sees the system getting stronger as the week progresses.

The NHC issued a stern warning for the Central Bahamas: “Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.”

Meteorologists are still unsure if Joaquin will threaten the East Coast or Northeast, however, current models favor a direct hit on the New York City metropolitan area.

Some models predict the storm could reach Category 3 with winds above 111 mph before striking the mainland. It could hit the Northeast as a Category 1. The Delmarva peninsula (Maryland and Delaware) could get 5-7 inches of rain.

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