Hurric… oh wait, never mind
By: Bryan Diehr, Staff Writer
The oceans roar and the winds howl. Swiftly moving through the Atlantic Ocean, Joaquin continued to terrify the east coast of the U.S. All of the models were predicting inches upon inches of rain, forcing some coastal areas to evacuate. Joaquin quickly intensified while approaching the northern Caribbean Islands. This brutal storm was destined to hit landfall on the Mid-Atlantic coast.
The first victim was the Bahamas, specifically Nassau. In just over a day, the super-storm went from a category one hurricane to an intense category four. This category four monster produced gusts of winds up to 160 mph and sustained winds of 145 mph. Those gusts would be enough to tear apart homes and small buildings, putting any city into destruction. Not to mention, the rain could have flooded cities up to two feet deep which could have caused major water damage. The Bahamas had the torrential rain and gusty winds over the area for three days as the storm began to confuse the weather models. Then on Oct. 2, Joaquin took a turn north.
Most of the coastal states declared a state of emergency because of severe flooding. Some flooding was not even caused by Joaquin, but instead caused by a low pressure system bringing long periods of heavy rain and causing up to two feet of rain in some places. Charleston, SC was hit with 17 inches of rain in 17 hours, flooding most of the city. Most of the Outer Banks in NC were evacuated prior to the hurricane in hopes of keeping everyone safe.
Surging through the Atlantic, Joaquin was almost unpredictable. Most meteorologists began to predict that it would veer off into the ocean and not affect the eastern coast.
The massive category four storm stayed on track at first, pushing up the coast for just a few miles but then it all changed and the predictions became right. Joaquin chose not to devastate the vulnerable southeastern states, and as it headed northeast, panic was lifted off the residents of those areas.
Relief filled the air in most of the big cities on the East coast when Superstorm Joaquin was displaced from the radar and headed into the open blue. Over time, the storm decreased from a category four hurricane to a small tropical storm and the story of Joaquin came to a close.