Joaquin is officially a hurricane! The tropical storm strengthened into a Category 1 on Sept. 30, and as it blazes past the Bahamas, the east coast is gearing up for some heavy rainfall and winds. Here’s everything you need to know!
Break out the umbrellas, East Coasters — Joaquin is comin’! Winds have officially gusted enough to change the tropical storm into a hurricane on Sept. 30, and those in the eastern United States are preparing for possible flooding as the storm progresses. Catch up on what you need to know about the storm right here!
1. We can expect flooding
Even though the hurricane is still hovering around the Caribbean right now, the east coast of the United States is already experiencing rainfall, and it’s just going to get worse. The cumulative amount could reach 1 foot in some places by Monday, and although we’ll probably get a break late Wednesday and Thursday, it’s supposed to be pretty heavy from Thursday night through Saturday.
2. Joaquin’s real impact won’t come until next week
Even though the rain won’t let up much through the weekend, we aren’t expected to really see Joaquin’s impact in the United States until Sunday night. The storm will arrive with a third round of rain and should last into next Tuesday.
3. There’s another factor that could make the storm worse
Regardless of whether or not the full-on hurricane approaches the U.S., we can still expect heavy rain and winds, but things could possibly be made worse if a non-tropical storm joins forces with Joaquin, which will increase all of the above.
4. There’s ONE good thing about this!
Even though nobody in the area is looking forward to days and days of dreary rain, the storm will help to alleviate the recent drought conditions we’ve been facing. Although, if flooding occurs, that’s a whole new problem we’ll have to deal with. BUT, meteorologists have made it clear that we shouldn’t worry about this storm getting anywhere near Hurricane Sandy or Irene level.
5. Joaquin is only the 3rd storm to reach hurricane level this year
Although this is the 10th storm that’s gotten severe enough to warrant a name in 2015, it’s only the third that’s strengthened to hurricane level, following Hurricane Fred and Hurricane Danny (in August). The last storm before Joaquin was Tropical Storm Ida, named on Sept. 18, and downgraded to a tropical depression less than a week later.
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