Hurricane Joaquin’s Path Unclear; Officials Urge Residents to Be Prepared

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Graphic: National Hurricane Center.

It’s too early to tell exactly where Hurricane Joaquin is headed, but forecasters are saying this afternoon that there’s at least a chance New York City will be feeling the effects of the potentially dangerous storm.

The National Hurricane Center today upgraded Joaquin to a Category 4 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds near 130 mph. Tomorrow the storm is expected to pass over portions of the Bahamas before continuing northward, possibly aiming for the East Coast of the U.S. Some tracking models show the storm staying offshore, while others show it heading for the Carolinas or veering toward Long Island within the next five days.

Governor Cuomo has activated the Emergency Operations Center. Mayor de Blasio said the city is “in a state of high alert.” Officials are urging residents to take precautions just in case Joaquin heads this way.

 

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