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Hurricane Joaquin, 5 a.m., October 1, 2015

Hurricane Joaquin will batter the central Bahamas with hurricane force winds, storm surge and heavy rain through tonight.

A GOES satellite image of Hurricane Joaquin, as of 5 a.m. EDT (9 UTC) on October 1.  Image via NOAA.

A GOES satellite image of Hurricane Joaquin, as of 5 a.m. EDT (9 UTC) on October 1. Image via NOAA.

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…

Read more: Joaquin likely to cause flooding along U.S. East Coast this weekend.

October 1, 4:45 a.m. EDT (8:45 UTC), via National Hurricane Center.

October 1, 4:45 a.m. EDT (8:45 UTC), via NHC.

Deborah Byrd

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