Watch out for Joaquin?: Hurricane Joaquin Phoenix

Published: October 2, 2015

Watch out for Joaquin?: Hurricane Joaquin Phoenix, The East Coast is on edge. Hurricane Joaquin is the reason why. On Thursday, it lashed the Bahamas as a Category 4 storm with 130 mph winds. It’s what is expected to come next that has the United States worried: a stronger storm and a sharp turn north.

That’s why officials from South Carolina to New England have issued dire warnings to residents urging them to be ready. A lot could still happen with Joaquin; but one thing they don’t want to happen is another Superstorm Sandy — a strong, October hurricane that hit the Caribbean before pounding the Northeast.

“We don’t know for sure where the hurricane is going to go,” Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said. “But we have no ground, at all, for complacency.”

The good news: If current projections hold, Joaquin won’t be another Sandy.

The not-so-good news: Hurricane projections are notoriously unpredictable. And regardless of whether Joaquin makes landfall, it probably will cause plenty of rain and more flooding along an already soaked East Coast.

Mark Fekete knows that all too well, which is why he isn’t taking any chances. After putting his hurricane shutters up, he’s leaving Sandbridge Beach, Virginia, to head inland.

“A lot of people don’t take it seriously until the last minute,” Fekete told CNN. “Then everybody’s got to get out of here.”


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