Hurricane Joaquin weakens as fatal South Carolina flooding continues


Hurricane Joaquin is winding down as it moves northward from Bermuda, leaving power outages, home damage, severe flooding, and a missing cargo ship in its wake.

The Category 2 hurricane was centered approximately 160 miles north of Bermuda as of Monday morning, The Associated Press reports. Maximum sustained winds, currently at 85 miles per hour, are expected to continue decreasing in the coming days.

Emergency services remain on alert in Bermuda, The AP reports. The island was hit with power outages, and flights and ferry services have been canceled. No deaths have been reported.

Joaquin struck the Bahamas earlier last week, causing severe flooding and home damage. The government is reportedly still working to asses the storm’s impact on the archipelago.

Debris appearing to come from a cargo ship that went missing during the storm has been discovered, Reuters reports. The Coast Guard has found the body of a member of the ship’s crew—comprised of 28 American citizens and five Polish nationals—leading them to believe that the vessel sank.

South Carolina has been sieged by rain and flooding since Sunday. At least seven people have died in the storms—caused, in part, by moisture from Joaquin—and electricity has been cut off for thousands. Hundreds of others have been saved thanks to emergency rescuers. The Times reports that current weather conditions are predicted to continue into the week.

While Joaquin won’t make landfall in the United States, the National Hurricane Center warned Monday morning that the mid-Atlantic region should prepare for elevated water levels, big waves, beach and dune erosion, and moderate coastal flooding.

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