Starting outside the Mid-South, Hurricane Joaquin has gotten even stronger today as it departs the rain and wind-lashed Bahamas, heading on a northeast track that will take it well offshore the U.S. and side-swiping Bermuda.
|Major Hurricane Joaquin with 155 mph wind departs the Bahamas heading northeast into the western Atlantic.|
|Precipitable water (PW) values of 2"+ (red) are clearly seen being drawn into SC from Joaquin this afternoon, creating flooding rainfall. Graphic courtesy WxBell.|
|Portions of South Carolina are experiencing record rainfall and possible catastrophic flooding along the lines of a 500-1,000-year event, according to the Weather Prediction Center.|
|A large upper level low over the southeastern U.S. is drawing abundant moisture from Joaquin (lower right), as well as creating cloudy, cool conditions over the Mid-South. Graphic courtesy WxBell.|
|Early afternoon visible satellite imagery shows persistent cloud cover over all of the southeastern U.S., including the Memphis metro.|
|By mid-day Monday, the upper low will have shifted offshore and weakened slightly, allowing high pressure to build into the Mid-South, warming temperatures and bringing more sunshine. Graphic courtesy WxBell.|
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