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Joaquin’s Track Bends East …




If you look at the latest forecast track for category four monster Hurricane Joaquin, you’d be tempted to breath a sigh of relief. The storm is now projected to veer well east of the United States, and is considered highly unlikely to make a landfall on the East Coast.

Good news? Absolutely. A category four storm making a direct hit on the East Coast would have been catastrophic.

But just because Joaquin is staying offshore doesn’t mean the storm isn’t going to have an impact.

“Massive amounts of moisture are coming,” Sean Breslin of The Weather Channel warned.

“We’re looking at historic flooding in coastal South Carolina,” said CNN meteorologist Rachel Aissen.

That warning prompted S.C. governor Nikki Haley to issue a state of emergency in the Palmetto State in anticipation of a deluge of up to fifteen inches.

Flooding has already claimed the life of one South Carolinian – 56-year-old Silvia Arteaga of Spartanburg, S.C. Arteaga died when several cars were completely submerged by flood waters underneath a train bridge.

Charleston, S.C. – which is prone to flooding as it is – is expected to bear the worst of the waterworks, although severe flooding is likely in the state capital of Columbia, S.C., too.  The Palmetto State is not alone, either, as flood warnings have been issued up and down the Eastern Seaboard – from Florida all the way to Connecticut.

Courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), here’s the latest on Joaquin’s track …

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