Hurricane Joaquin has come and gone but leaves a big mess behind. At one point, winds reach 155 mph. It was crawling through the Bahamas dumping over two feet of rain, and The US Coast Guard has declared the El Faro cargo ship sank in 50 foot waves. The storm itself did NOT hit the United States, and this NASA 10 day rainfall animation shows it well. Yes, there was a lot of beach erosion 1000 miles away here in the Mid Atlantic (see coverage links below), but that was in response to a different storm and the overall flow across the Atlantic. Parts of South Carolina received two feet of rain as well, which is what makes this such a unique multifaceted event. It was a thousand year storm! Call it epic!
This animation is from NASA’s Integrated Multi-satellite Retrievals for GPM (IMERG). According to them:
Data were used to estimate the historic amount of rain that fell during the past week in the Carolinas. A “fire hose” of moisture has been pumped into the Carolinas from hurricane Joaquin resulting in wide spread flooding. Over two feet of rain have been reported in South Carolina. This analysis indicated that major hurricane Joaquin also dropped over 700 mm (27.5 inches) in the Bahamas. Hurricane Joaquin has weakened from a category four hurricane in the Bahamas to a category on hurricane affecting Bermuda.
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