Joaquin Now A Category 4 Hurricane

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Flood watches are in effect along the gulf coast and eastern seaboard as hurricane Joaquin bears down on the southern U.S. Fox news correspondent Phil Keating has more from Miami. It’s the first large-scale threat from an Atlantic hurricane this season. Joaquin gaining strength as it passes over the Bahamas. And while forecasters are still split about where the hurricane is heading, they all say this major storm could cause problems up and down the east coast.
“Now is the time for you to begin to prepare for hunkering down and dealing.”
Flood watches now in effect in several states as local governments prepare for high winds and heavy rain that could bring significant damage. And in areas where the rain has yet to start, officials are warning residents to prepare for an expected storm surge over the weekend.
“Went from three to five feet now we’re in the four to six foot range and it’s projected to hit maybe five to seven or eight feet over the weekend.”
But further north a separate storm system is already causing problems from Massachusetts to the Carolinas. Roads are closed and some residents have been forced from their homes with at least one death reported in South Carolina.
If current predictions hold, Joaquin could be near North Carolina by Monday. Anxious residents there still recovering from flooding earlier this month now praying the storm track will shift and head out into the Atlantic.
“I hope it quits raining. We’re going to be flooding pretty bad.”
“There’s nothing you can do. Just hope for best.”
The National Hurricane Center says Joaquin could dump as much as 20 inches of rain on the Bahamas over the next two days.
In Miami, Phil Keating, Fox News

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