Bermuda is today bracing for heavy rain and coastal flooding as Hurricane Joaquin makes its way towards the island.
The latest advisory from the Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) stated that Joaquin is moving towards the north-northeast, and will pass just west of Bermuda this afternoon and north of the island tonight.
“Recent data from the hurricane hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have decreased near 110 mph with higher gusts. Additional weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours,” the advisory said.
The NHC warned that a dangerous and life-threatening storm surge is expected to produce significant coastal flooding on the island, while near the coast the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.
Joaquin is expected to produce total rainfall of three to five inches across Bermuda tonight, the NHC added.
Swells generated by Joaquin are expected to continue to affect portions of the Bahamas in the coming days, as well as the southeastern and mid-Atlantic coasts of the US.
“These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.
“Even though Joaquin is expected to pass well east of the coast of the United States, a prolonged period of elevated water levels and large waves will affect the mid-Atlantic region, causing significant beach and dune erosion with moderate coastal flooding likely,” the NHC noted.