New tropical storm, Joaquin, could skirt the OBX this weekend

By on September 28, 2015

Joaquin is on the right in this view Monday. (NOAA/NASA)

Tropical Storm Joaquin, the season’s 10th named cyclone, formed Monday night off the southeast coast of the U.S. and is on a forecast path to pass the Outer Banks by the end of the week.

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center say the storm’s future is hard to predict but indicated in their 11 a.m. report today that Joaquin’s track is more likely to be offshore.

By the weekend, top winds could be up to 70 mph. Some models project a stronger storm.

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This morning, Joaquin was about 385 miles northeast of the Central Bahamas and moving west at 5 mph. Maximum sustained winds were 40 mph.

Tropical storm force winds extended 105 miles to the southeast of the center.

The Hurricane Center said it appears the storm will continue southwest, then slowly move to the west for a couple of days.

After that, it is expected to head north, but when that turn will take place is not yet known.

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