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BREAKING UPDATES: Hurricane Joaquin, Still Dangerous Category 4 Storm

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As of Friday afternoon, Joaquin remains a strong Category 4 Hurricane. The storm is slowly moving north now at about 5 mph with sustained winds around 130 mph. The Bahamas remain under dangerous weather conditions as this system lingers in the area. As it hangs over warm water with ideal atmospheric conditions, Joaquin is expected to remain a Category 4 storm throughout the day today. With this motion the storm will move over cooler ocean water and encounter increasing southwesterly shear. This will cause Joaquin to slowly start to weaken in the next 36 to 48 hours.
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Highlights
Joaquin Stats

Summary of Watches and Warnings
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 Bahamas

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for:

☁Bimini
☁Andros Island

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:

☁Remainder of the southeastern Bahamas including the Turks and Caicos Islands
☁Andros Island
☁Cuban provinces of Camaguey, Las Tunas, Holguin, and Guantanamo

A Hurricane Warning means:

A hurricane conditions are expected within the warning area.

A Hurricane Watch means:

A hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area.

A Tropical Storm Warning means:

A tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area. Residents and tourists in Bermuda should monitor the progress of Joaquin. A Tropical Storm or Hurricane Watch may be required later today.

Uncertainty remains for the forecast path of Joaquin.

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At this point the East Coast is likely to pick up a fair amount of moisture from this tropical system, which will add insult to injury for areas of the Mid-Atlantic. Flooding rains have already been fatal for the area and have made the ground severely saturated. Now just small amounts of moisture can cause dangerous flash flooding.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist, Tracey Anthony
(Headline image: NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly)

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