Hurricane Joaquin, already a Category 3 storm, strengthened overnight Thursday as it churned through the Bahamas but forecasters are still uncertain whether it will make a weekend landfall somewhere along the U.S. East Coast.
The storm, with maximum sustained winds increasing to 120 mph, was bearing down on Central Bahamas, with hurricane strength winds stretching as far as 35 miles form the eye early Thursday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said.
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