Joaquin offshore, but rain, flooding slam Eastern U.S.

(Accuweather) While powerful Hurricane Joaquin is tracking away from the coast, indirect impacts will still threaten lives and property in parts of the eastern United States into Monday.

Joaquin’s extended assault on the Bahamas has altered the storm track. Joaquin is now on a northeastward track that will take the powerful hurricane just west of Bermuda as the weekend comes to a close.

Despite slightly weakening later Friday, Joaquin rapidly strengthened to start the weekend. The hurricane now has maximum sustained winds of 150 mph, which is just under Category 5 status.