Updated Oct. 2, 10 a.m.
Thought earlier in the week to be a threat to the East Coast, Hurricane Joaquin will likely stay off shore and far away from New York City, according to the latest forecast.
The National Weather Service’s (NWS) Friday morning advisory has the storm, currently a Category 4 storm with 130 mph winds, still churning and wreaking havoc in the Bahamas. Joaquin is expected to start moving to the northeast on Saturday and will weaken into a Category 1 storm by early next week.
Forecasts on Wednesday night had Joaquin potentially making landfall somewhere near North Carolina, but by Thursday morning, the NWS shifted the storm’s projected path more eastward. New York City and Long Island were within the “cone of uncertainty” that forecasters use to predict possible tracks of a hurricane.
However, the winds steering Joaquin shifted to the east in New York’s favor, and the city and Long Island were well outside of the cone of uncertainty in the NWS Friday morning advisory. Coastal areas will likely see rough surf and minor flooding connected to the storm as it moves north.
Nonetheless, both the state and city governments– which activated emergency preparedness measures to prepare for impacts from Joaquin– remain on alert. The city’s Office of Emergency Management reminds residents that they should always be prepared at home for any potential emergency that may strike the city. Visit www.nyc.gov/oem for more information.