Hurricane Joaquin Batters Eastern Bahamas, U.S. Impact May Be Decreasing

This satellite image taken Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 at 9:37 a.m. EDT, and released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows Hurricane Joaquin. The powerful Category 4 hurricane pounded lightly populated islands of the eastern Bahamas on Thursday, and forecasters said it could grow more intense while following a path that would near the U.S. East Coast by the weekend. (NOAA via AP)
This satellite image taken Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 at 9:37 a.m. EDT, and released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows Hurricane Joaquin. The powerful Category 4 hurricane pounded lightly populated islands of the eastern Bahamas on Thursday, and forecasters said it could grow more intense while following a path that would near the U.S. East Coast by the weekend. (NOAA via AP)

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.

WJBF News Channel 6’s LIVE Vipir 6 Weather team will be tracking Hurricane Joaquin through the weekend. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest on the weather developments.

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.

Stay up-to-date on how this storm could affect the CSRA’s weather here. Also, find information on how to download our WJBF LIVE Vipir 6 weather app here.

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