The East Coast was already expecting a major storm this upcoming weekend, but what they weren't expecting was a hurricane.
According to reports, Tropical Storm Joaquin has strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane as of Wednesday morning. Hurricane season is in full force. In the Atlantic,it begins June 1st and ends November 30th. This is the third Atlantic hurricane this season.
The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on just-upgradedHurricane Joaquin, located a few hundred miles east-northeast of the central Bahamas.
This morning, hurricane winds reached up to 80 mph. Weather.com reports that residents along the East Coast of the U.S. should pay close attention to the forecast now through this weekend. It's a difficult storm prediction as the forecast depends on the behavior of several different atmospheric features over North America and the North Atlantic Ocean.