This is the turn we were waiting for, as Major Hurricane Joaquin continues to devastate The Bahamas. It is a large storm with hurricane force winds reaching 50 miles from the center, but tropical storm winds extend 205 miles away. The winds are 130 mph, but the pressure is up to 942mb. This is still formidable, but increased from yesterday’s 931mb reading. So it appears the storm is hurting itself by sitting over the same area and upwelling cooler water while churning the ocean. This delay in crawling north is later than expected and the reason why the track is now well off of the east coast.
The most impressive thing here is that it may seem like a tropical system is hitting because it may feed tropical moisture in the system in the southeast US, but the storm itself will stay well offshore. So the flooding from rain that could exceed 10 inches in South Carolina, the coastal flooding much of the Mid Atlantic coast, and the high winds that could reach 60 mph at the beaches are NOT from Joaquin.
Check out the latest offshore buoy from Ocean City, consistently above 17Ft.
This is expected to increase this weekend.
- Storm Water Levels: Animation For Chesapeake Bay
- Tropical Storm Like? 17 Ft Waves Already, Warnings, Tides
- It May Feel Like A Hurricane Despite Joaquin Far Offshore
Two Separate Storms!
Latest Report From NHC
and Air Force Recon Flight Mission Results
ABOUT 10 MI…15 KM N OF RUM CAY BAHAMAS
ABOUT 25 MI…40 KM SW OF SAN SALVADOR BAHAMAS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…130 MPH…215 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...N OR 0 DEGREES AT 5 MPH…8 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…942 MB…27.82 INCHES
Forecast Track Well Offshore
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for…
* Central Bahamas
* Northwestern Bahamas including the Abacos, Berry Islands,
Eleuthera, Grand Bahama Island, and New Providence
* The Acklins, Crooked Island, and Mayaguana in the southeastern
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…
* Andros Island
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* Remainder of the southeastern Bahamas including the Turks and
* Andros Island
* Cuban provinces of Camaguey, Las Tunas, Holguin, and Guantanamo
A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected
somewhere within the warning area.
A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible
within the watch area.
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are
expected somewhere within the warning area.
Interests in Bermuda should monitor the progress of Joaquin. A
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