Historic rain levels expected as Hurricane Joaquin upgraded

On Wednesday night, Hurricane Joaquin was upgraded to a Category 3 storm with winds measured at 120 miles per hour, and it is expected to strengthen to a Category 4 storm by Thursday night.

Flooding in New York City in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Flooding in New York City in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Image by David Shankbone / CC BY 2.0

The system has been compared to the powerful Hurricane Sandy that pummelled the eastern United States in 2012. Joaquin is poised to make landfall in the Bahamas, and it is possible that the storm might also strike the eastern U.S. along the coasts of North and South Carolina and Virginia later this week. Historic rain levels are expected in those areas.

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