East Coast is projected to head to East Coast after Bahamas.
It is going to be an uncomfortable weekend for the east coast. Hurricane Joaquin is right now on its way to central Bahamas.
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The projected path of the new hurricane leads north to the east coast.
NOAA issued a new hurricane advisory. At 2 AM EDT (0600 UTC), the center of Hurricane Joaquin was located near latitude 23.5 North, longitude 73.4 West.
Joaquin is moving toward the southwest near 6mph (9km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue through today.
A turn toward the northwest and north is forecast Thursday night or Friday.
Data from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter Aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 120 mph (195km/h) with higher gusts.
Joaquin is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Additional strengthening is forecast today.
The latest NOAA hurricane Joaquin advisory contains hurricane warnings for Central Bahamas including Cat Island, the Exumas, Long Island, Rum Cay, and San Salvador.
Also affected are Northwestern Bahamas including the Abacos, Berry Islands, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama Island, and New Providence.
NOAA will issue a new advisory about Hurricane Joaquin at 5am ET.
Update: NOAA issued another advisory at 5am as mentioned above. The hurricane Joaquin continues to move as expected towards central Bahamas.
The next NOAA advisory will be issued at 8am ET.