As of 5 a.m. EDT (9 UTC) today (October 1, 2015), Hurricane Joaquin is producing winds near 120 mph (195 km/h), with higher gusts. It is pushing to the west-southwest at 5-7 mph. The National Hurricane Center is forecasting Joaquin to grow into a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 140 mph. The NHC’s latest advisory on Joaquin said:
500 AM EDT THU OCT 01 2015
…MAJOR HURRICANE JOAQUIN WILL BATTER THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS WITH HURRICANE FORCE WINDS…STORM SURGE…AND HEAVY RAIN THROUGH TONIGHT…
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