The East Coast may have dodged a direct hit by Hurricane Joaquin but it will indirectly influence rain, flooding and winds in the eastern United States. Joaquin’s extended assault on the Bahamas has altered the storm track. People should not let their guard down due to a shifting track of the hurricane as the risk to lives and property in this complex situation remains high. Moisture from Joaquin will combine forces with a slow-moving front and result in flooding rainfall. Impacts along the Atlantic Seaboard will range from disruptions to travel and outdoor activities to power outages, property damage and risk to lives.

After a prolonged thrashing of the Bahamas, Joaquin will turn to the north this weekend. Multiple states have declared a state of emergency in anticipation of flooding, strong winds and power outages. A copious amount of tropical moisture will unload very heavy rainfall along parts of the Atlantic Seaboard and the Appalachians into early next week. Parts of the Carolinas may have historic flooding. CONTINUE