(WHTM) – The National Hurricane Center says Joaquin remains an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm.
The latest information from the National Hurricane Center as of 11 a.m. shows maximum sustained winds near 130 mph with higher gusts. The storm will slowly start to pull away from the Bahamas over the next 24 hours and move back into open water. As Joaquin heads north, it will gradually start to weaken as it approaches less favorable conditions.
A United States landfall is becoming less and less likely as the storm pulls into open waters farther to the east than expected yesterday. Some coastal flooding is possible with east winds creating storm surge. In addition, heavy rain from a separate system this weekend ahead of Joaquin will prompt flooding concerns for the Mid-Atlantic coastline.
Stay with ABC 27 on-air and online for the latest conditions and forecast regarding Joaquin through the weekend.