HURRICANE JOAQUIN: U.S. East Coast Braces for Heavy Rain, High Winds

 Photo: The Weather Channel

“Extremely dangerous” Category 4 Hurricane Joaquin is moving through the Bahamas, where warnings are in effect for wind, storm surges, rainfall, and surf swells. As of this morning, forecasters do not deem it likely that the storm will make landfall in the United States. However, the U.S. East Coast including New York City is bracing for high winds, heavy rainfall, and flooding, as well as other potential hazards currently being assessed by state officials as the weekend progresses.

 

 Photo: The Weather Channel

In a statement yesterday evening, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio stated, “While it is still early to predict the path and impact of Hurricane Joaquin, New York City is ready to weather the storm. Our emergency preparedness and resiliency plans are much stronger today than they were during Sandy. More than 30 city agencies are working together and at a high state of alert and readiness (…) Now is the time for New Yorkers to review their emergency plans with their families. We want people to find out whether they live or work in a hurricane evacuation zone and stay informed by signing up for Notify NYC.”

The New York City evacuation map can be viewed here.

South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and New Jersey have declared states of emergencies in preparation for the effects of the storm. While this information includes the most recent updates on Hurricane Joaquin, UNITED SIKHS urges all East Coast residents to be attentive to their local news updates and aware of extreme weather warnings and watches in their areas.

To track Hurricane Joaquin’s location, visit the National Hurricane Center website. Like UNITED SIKHS on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and follow our Disaster Watch blog page to stay updated on the progress of Hurricane Joaquin.

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