Hurricane Joaquin surges in strength near Bahamas


MIAMI: Joaquin surged in strength to become a Category 3 hurricane on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) as it barreled toward the Bahamas on a track that could take it to the US east coast, forecasters said. The storm, packing maximum sustained winds of 115 miles (185 kilometers) per hour, is located about 90 miles (145 kilometers) east of San Salvador in the Bahamas, the Miami-based US National Hurricane Center said. A hurricane warning is in effect for central Bahamas, authorities said. The hurricane center also said Joaquin could turn north or northwest Thursday night and Friday, and move along the US East Coast.



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