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Joaquin update: Upgraded to Category 4, Bermuda on Hurricane Watch

Published:Saturday | October 3, 2015 | 10:29 PM
This NOAA satellite image taken today at 9:45 AM EDT shows Hurricane Joaquin moving northeast, away from the Bahamas. Joaquin currently has winds of 155 miles per hour.

The Meteorological Service says at 4 p.m. the centre of Hurricane Joaquin was located near Latitude 27.0 degrees north and Longitude 70.5 degrees west or about 805 km South-west of Bermuda.

Joaquin is moving toward the northeast near 28 km/h, and this motion is expected to continue through tonight.

A turn toward the north-northeast is forecast on Sunday.

On the forecast track, the eye of Joaquin will pass west of Bermuda on Sunday.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 240 km/h with higher gusts.

Joaquin is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

Some fluctuations in intensity are likely tonight, but Joaquin is forecast to gradually weaken during the next 48 hours.