Hurricane Joaquin poised to hit Bahamas, could target US next

Joaquin intensified to a category 1 hurricane Wednesday morning as residents in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut dealt with waterlogged roads and gloomy conditions while waiting to learn more about the swirling tropical system's future path.

The hurricane center said Joaquin could become a Category 3 hurricane, with winds of 115 mph, in the Atlantic Ocean by Saturday after leaving the Bahamas. However, forecasters expect the hurricane to weaken and revert to a Category 2 shortly after that

000 WTNT41 KNHC 300849 TCDAT1 TROPICAL STORM JOAQUIN DISCUSSION NUMBER 10 NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL112015 500 AM EDT WED SEP 30 2015 The coldest convective cloud 

As for the latest on the storm, according to weather.com, "Hurricane Joaquin continues to intensify slowly, as wind shear – harmful to the intensification of tropical cyclones – lessens, and a complicated atmospheric pattern makes its future track

This NOAA satellite image taken Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 12:45 AM EDT shows Tropical Storm Joaquin barreling into the Bahama Islands with maximum sustained winds of seventy miles per hour. This tropical system is expected to quickly