The deaths were blamed on the weather.
Joaquin continues to slowly move through the Bahamas, but the system is now moving northwestward and it’s forward speed is expected to pick up during the next 12 hours.
As if one wasn’t bad enough. City officials closed the area to incoming traffic Saturday because of flooding from heavy rains. Palafox said she had discussed the weather forecast with Arteaga earlier this week, but she hadn’t seemed concerned about the expected heavy rains. A road that runs behind the shop was closed. A satellite report sent by the crew said the ship had taken on water and was listing at a 15-degree angle. The swells will spread northward throughout the weekend and may created life-threatening surf and rip-current conditions, the hurricane center said. A combination of high water and high waves could cause beach erosion and damage docks and piers.
Hurricane Joaquin has hit America, Barbados and Bermuda this week, destroying homes and residences. “I was late for one of my classes”. On Thursday, a woman drowned in her auto in Spartanburg, South Carolina, while a passenger in a vehicle in North Carolina was killed when a tree fell on a highway. Flash flood warnings are already being posted.
Before skirting the United States coast, Joaquin did bring flooding to several states including South Carolina.
Governors up and down the East Coast warned residents to prepare, declaring states of emergency in Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. The Northeast could see two inches.
Water levels should slowly subside today as Joaquin moves away from the Bahamas. Hurricane Joaquin dumped torrential rains across the eastern and central Bahamas on Friday as a Category 4 storm. It was between Bermuda and the Bahamas’ San Salvador Island as of midday.
And it won’t end, in many places, for several more days.
Everyone in South Carolina is urged to continue to monitor the developing forecasts through news media and by following trusted sources online. The National Weather Service predicts as much as 10 inches for a few areas.
The worst of the conditions are down the shore and through the Delaware beaches. “So the ground is just saturated”.
Skies begin to darken as Hurricane Joaquin passes through the region, seen from Nassau, Bahamas, early Friday, October 2, 2015.
It doesn’t look like that will happen, though it doesn’t mean history won’t be made. At the same time, they’re making the system now parked there more unsafe. And because Joaquin can keep funneling tropical moisture into storm No. 1 from afar, even an out-to-sea Joaquin can worsen flooding.
Meanwhile, in South Carolina, heavy rains have prompted a flood warning for both the Great Pee Dee River and Black Creek affecting areas in Marion, Florence and Darlington counties. The Yankees-Orioles game in Baltimore and the Marlins-Phillies showdown in Philadelphia were both postponed due to rain.
New Jersey officials and residents are still grappling with the painful memories of Superstorm Sandy which struck three years ago this month, a fact Christie acknowledged in his address as even more reason to be prepared. “We’re going to push it to the operational limits as far as we can”, Coast Guard Capt. Mark Fedor said in a news conference Friday afternoon.
Along Virginia Beach’s Atlantic Avenue, a main thoroughfare about two blocks from the ocean, business owners appeared to be taking a wait-and-see approach. Virginia and North Carolina already have endured flooding this week.