Hurricane Joaquin upgraded to Category 4

The National Hurricane Center graphic for Joaquin 2 p.m. advisory

MIAMI (AP) – The latest on Joaquin and the storm’s predicted path. All times local:

3 p.m.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Hurricane Joaquin has strengthened again into a Category 4 storm.

The hurricane had dropped to a Category 3 on Friday but was upgraded early Saturday afternoon with maximum sustained winds near 155 mph (250 mph), with higher gusts. A gradual weakening was expected later in the day.

The center said swells generated by Joaquin will continue to affect portions of the Bahamas over the next few days.

A tropical storm warning and a hurricane watch were issued for Bermuda. Tropical storm conditions are expected to reach Bermuda by Sunday morning, with hurricane conditions possible later in the day.

Track Hurricane Joaquin live with Storm Team 8’s Tropical Tracker

12 p.m.

U.S. Coast Guard aircraft has resumed its search in the waters of the southeastern Bahamas for a cargo ship with 33 people on board that lost power and began taking on water after powerful Hurricane Joaquin struck.

Coast Guard officials dispatched planes and helicopters to the area with the storm now moving to the northeast away from the Bahamas.

The 735-foot (224-meter) El Faro was heading from Jacksonville, Florida, to San Juan, Puerto Rico when it was battered by 20- to 30-foot waves (up to 9-meter) as Joaquin was a Category 4 storm. It has since weakened to a Category 3.

5:20 a.m.

Joaquinhas sped up a bit as it moves away from the Bahamas, and remains a Category 3 hurricane.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Joaquin was centered Saturday morning about 120 miles (175 kms) northeast of San Salvador, Bahamas, and about 700 miles (1,130 kms) southwest of Bermuda.

It has maximum sustained winds of 125 mph (205 kph), and is moving northeast at 13 mph (20 kph).

A hurricane warning is still in effect for parts of the Bahamas. The Bermuda Weather Service has issued a tropical storm warning and a hurricane watch for Bermuda.

2:40 a.m.

Joaquin has sped up a bit as it moves away from the Bahamas, and remains a Category 3 hurricane.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Joaquin was centered early Saturday about 75 miles (120 kms) northeast of San Salvador, Bahamas, and about 745 miles (1,205 kms) southwest of Bermuda.

It has maximum sustained winds of 125 mph (205 kph), and is moving northeast at 10 mph (17 kph).

A hurricane warning is still in effect for parts of the Bahamas. The Bermuda Weather Service has issued a tropical storm warning and a hurricane watch for Bermuda.

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11 p.m.

Joaquin has sped up a bit as it moves away from the Bahamas, and remains a Category 3 hurricane.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Joaquin was centered late Friday about 60 miles (95 kms) northeast of San Salvador, Bahamas, and about 765 miles (1,230 kms) southwest of Bermuda.

It has maximum sustained winds of 125 mph (205 kph), and is moving northeast at 10 mph (17 kph).

A hurricane warning is still in effect for parts of the Bahamas. The Bermuda Weather Service has issued a tropical storm warning and a hurricane watch for Bermuda.

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2:50 p.m.

Hurricane Joaquin is battering the Bahamas and moving northward.

Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center in Miami say Joaquin is an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm, and hurricane conditions will continue over the Bahamas on Friday as the storm passes.

On Friday afternoon, Joaquin had maximum sustained winds of 130 mph (215 kph). The storm is about 10 miles (15 kilometers) north of Rum Cay, Bahamas. It’s moving north at 5 mph (8 kph).

A hurricane warning is in effect for much of the Bahamas and other islands. A tropical storm warning is in effect elsewhere, including some Cuban provinces.

Forecasters say slow weakening of the storm is expected to begin Saturday.

Earlier models showed the U.S. could possibly get a direct hit from the storm in the coming days, but the latest predictions show Joaquin offshore.

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12:01 p.m.

The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a cargo ship with 33 people aboard that went missing as Category 4 Hurricane Joaquin hit the Bahamas.

Officials said Friday that the 735-foot (224-meter) ship named El Faro was en route to San Juan, Puerto Rico, from Jacksonville, Florida. They said they received notification that the ship had lost propulsion and was listing at 15 degrees near Crooked Island in the eastern Bahamas.

The Coast Guard said the crew told officials that the ship had taken on water but that they eventually contained the flooding.

Officials said rescue crews had not been able to re-establish communications with the crew on Thursday or Friday.

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11 a.m.

Hurricane Joaquin is battering the central Bahamas and moving northward.

Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center in Miami say Joaquin is an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm, and hurricane conditions will continue over the Bahamas on Friday as the storm passes.

Late Friday morning, Joaquin had maximum sustained winds of 130 mph (215 kph). The storm is about 5 miles (10 kilometers) south of Rum Cay, Bahamas. It’s moving north at 3 mph (6 kph).

A hurricane warning is in effect for much of the Bahamas and other islands. A tropical storm warning is in effect elsewhere, including some Cuban provinces.

Forecasters say slow weakening of the storm is expected to begin Saturday.

Earlier models showed the U.S. could possibly get a direct hit from the storm in the coming days, but the latest predictions show Joaquin offshore.

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5:45 a.m.

Hurricane Joaquin is moving slowly northwestward as it batters the central Bahamas.

The storm’s maximum sustained winds early Friday are near 130 mph (215 kph), making it a dangerous Category 4 hurricane.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says some fluctuations in strength are possible during the day with slow weakening expected to begin Saturday.

As of 5 a.m. EDT, the storm was centered about 20 miles (35 kilometers) northeast of Clarence Long Island in the Bahamas and is moving northwest near 3 mph (6 kph).

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11 p.m.

Hurricane Joaquin is lingering over the Central Bahamas, and the dangerous Category 4 storm is expected to affect the islands through early Friday.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said late Thursday that Joaquin was centered about 20 miles (35 kilometers) southeast of Clarence Town, Long Island, Bahamas, and about 75 miles (120 kilometers) south of San Salvador, Bahamas.

Its maximum sustained winds were 130 mph (215 kph) and the storm was creeping to the west at 3 mph (6 kph). A turn toward the north is expected Friday.

Hurricane warnings are in effect for the Central Bahamas, Northwestern Bahamas, and Southeastern Bahamas. A hurricane watch is in effect for Bimini and Andros Island.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect for the Cuban provinces of Camaguey, Los Tunas, Holguin, and Guantanamo.

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