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Strengthened Hurricane Joaquin closes in on central Bahamas
East coast landfall possible, but where?
This NOAA satellite image taken Wednesday at 12:45 AM EDT shows Tropical Storm Joaquin moving into the Bahama Islands. Joaquin quickly became a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph and hurricane strength winds extending 35 miles from the eye late Wednesday. - photo by Associated Press
MIAMI — Hurricane Joaquin gained power as it bore down on the central Bahamas early Thursday, and forecasters said it was likely to grow into a major storm while following a path that would near the U.S. East Coast by the weekend. Some minor damage was reported by Bahamas officials late Wednesday, and islanders rushed to prepare for storm surges and heavy rain from the approaching Joaquin. Authorities said the center was likely to pass near or over several islands during the night and Thursday.
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