Miami, FL (AP) – Hurricane Joaquin is moving slowly northwest as it batters the central Bahamas.
The storm’s maximum sustained winds are near 130 mph, making it a dangerous Category 4 hurricane.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami says some fluctuations in strength are possible during the day, and Joaquin is expected to slowly weaken beginning Saturday
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley delcared a State of Emergency Thursday evening ahead of Hurricane Joaquin, as did at least 4 other states, after 2 people were killed in the Carolinas from flooding.
The heavy rains are expected to continue Friday on the U.S. East Coast.
Forecasters say, even if Hurricane Joaquin is out to sea 1,000 miles away, streets and homes can still get walloped with rain and flooding associated with the storm.
Experts at the National Hurricane Center in Miami say the chances are decreasing for a direct impact in the Carolinas and the Mid-Atlantic states.
A copy of the 2015 South Carolina Hurricane Guide is available at all state welcome centers along South Carolina interstates, Walgreen’s stores, and can be downloaded here.