CHARLESTON, S.C. — Though Hurricane Joaquin continued its path well clear of the United States mainland on Saturday, heavy rains from a separate storm system knocked out power to thousands of homes along the East Coast and triggered flash flooding in South Carolina. The authorities in that state were preparing for more life-threatening trouble as muscular northeast winds were expected to create abnormally high tides.
Elsewhere, Hurricane Joaquin had already left a trail of devastation and uncertainty. In the Bahamas, which suffered days of pelting rain and harsh winds from the hurricane, emergency management officials reported impassable roads, downed power lines, destroyed homes and scores of people in shelters...
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