Happy ‘Fall Break’ UVa students! Whether you’re hopping on a plane, train, or automobile to travel over break or just hunkering down in Clemons for a fun weekend of studying, I have news for you – you’re going to get wet.
It is predicted that Hurricane Joaquin, now a category 4 storm, is going to pay the east coast of the United States a visit this weekend. Before you start stocking up on non-perishable foods, toilet paper, and other over 21 year old beverage essentials, here is some information you should know:
Hurricane Joaquin has hit the Bahamas as a “Major Hurricane” with winds up to 130 MPH, storm surges between 5 to 10 feet, and rainfall accumulation between 10 to 15 inches. The storm is currently projected to be off the coast of Florida by Saturday afternoon and continue north. While earlier predictions had Joaquin making land fall in North Carolina, a new NOAA projection (pictured below) has the storm making landfall Monday afternoon in New Jersey. Heavy flooding will affect the coastal and inland regions, spanning from South Carolina to Massachusetts.
The USA Today published an article around 5PM Thursday, October 1st calling for “historic, potentially life-threatening rainfall” for this weekend, leading New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina to declare states of emergency. Due to heavy rainfall this past week, the ground is already saturated and at the risk of flooding to high levels. The added rain and wind from Joaquin will lead to an increase in property damage, fallen trees, downed power lines, and disrupted travel – affecting an estimated 65 million people.
Charlottesville is under a flashflood warning until 8PM Saturday. Remember not to drive on roads that have standing water, be prepared for the loss of power, and stock up on essentials! If you are interested in keeping a closer eye on Joaquin’s path, follow The Weather Channel or Hurricane Central on Twitter.
Stay safe Hoos!
By Mackenzie Swan, Staff Writer