Hurricane Joaquin strengthens into category 3 storm, eyes Bahamas

October 1, 2015 12:14 PM

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RALEIGH, N.C. – Powerful Hurricane Joaquin bore down Thursday on the lightly populated islands of the central and eastern Bahamas and forecasters said it could grow more intense while following a path that would near the U.S. East Coast by the weekend.

Meanwhile, governors up and down the East Coast are warning residents to prepare for drenching storms as flooding killed one person Thursday in South Carolina.

Also read: Subtropical storm, dubbed Alberto, is expected to bring 'tropical storm-force winds' this holiday weekend

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