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Hurricane Joaquin

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Maximum sustained winds are near 120 mph, with higher gusts. Joaquin is a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some strengthening is forecast in the next day or so, with some fluctuations in intensity possible on Friday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles.

My home state of Florida will again dodge the bullet but the Bahamas looks like it's next target. Models still turn Joaquin sharply to the north by Friday, quickly zipping it toward the mid-Atlantic or northeast by Sunday and into Monday.

This is a serious storm. The mid-Atlantic states should monitor this storm and keep abreast of upcoming updates. 

DomC

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Update:

Flash flooding will be a major concern across the Carolinas this weekend as waves of tropical moisture deluge an already saturated region with massive amounts of rainfall.

An upper-level disturbance situated over the Southeast U.S. will be responsible for enhancing tropical Atlantic moisture as it is pulled onshore. With the pattern barely budging over the next two days, the Carolinas will be in the bullseye for potentially immense rainfall totals.

A widespread swath of 4 to 6 inches of rain is expected across much of North and South Carolina this weekend. Isolated spots of 8 to 12 inches will be possible in the western regions of the Carolinas due to enhancement from the Appalachian Mountains.. A few spots could even exceed 12 inches, most likely in South Carolina.

Adding these rainfall amounts to ground that is already saturated in many cases, and the result will be widespread and potentially severe flooding in the Carolinas.

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Adding these rainfall amounts to ground that is already saturated in many cases, and the result will be widespread and potentially severe flooding in the Carolinas.

Not good at all :(. Hoping for the best. Thanks for the update!

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