Hurricane Joaquin Impacts The Bahamas, U.S. East Coast Prepares
According to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), on September 30, Hurricane Joaquin became the “10th named hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season”, and has since strengthened into a Category 4 hurricane (CDEMA). As of October 1, a hurricane warning remains in effect for the islands of the Northwest and Central Bahamas, and a hurricane watch is currently in effect for Bimini and Andros (NEMA Alert #9).
Hurricane Joaquin is located (as of 2000 EDT) approximately 25 miles east-southeast of Clarence Town, Bahamas, with maximum sustained winds at 130 miles per hour (NHC Advisory #16A). According to the forecast, hurricane conditions are expected to continue impacting parts of the Central and Southwestern Bahamas through Friday.
Hurricane Joaquin is expected to turn northward in the next 12-24 hours, bringing it near the United States. According to the National Hurricane Center, forecasters are “optimistic that the Carolinas and the mid-Atlantic states will avoid direct effects from Joaquin,” though direct impacts along the East Coast cannot be completely ruled out yet (NHC Advisory #16). Media reports indicate that “states of emergency” has been declared in New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Maryland in preparation for the hurricane (Reuters).
This Week in Hazards
- On September 28, Typhoon Dujuan reached Taiwan, making landfall in Hualien as the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane (ECHO, EMIC). Reports indicate that nearly 370,000 households were affected by power outages caused by Dujuan (ECHO). As of October 1, heavy rain advisories remain in effect for northern parts of the island (CWB).
- Heavy rainfall since September 25 triggered landslides in Sri Lanka (ReliefWeb). As of October 1, parts of the Central and Uva Provinces remain at risk for landslides (DMC). Reports indicate that more than 18,000 people have been affected by ongoing severe weather conditions in the Southern Province (ReliefWeb). Conditions are expected to continue over the next 36 hours, with heavy rainfall, thundershowers, and localized strong winds forecast over several provinces (DMC).
Current Hazard Warnings
Tropical Cyclone: Joaquin (Atlantic)
Flood: United States (Eastern), Sweden, France (Corsica), Sri Lanka
Winter Storm: Canada (Yukon, Nunavut)
Wildfire: Colombia, United States (California)
Drought: Somalia, Central America, Caribbean Islands, United States (Western), Ethiopia
Biomedical: West Africa
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