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Hurricane Joaquin forms near the Bahama

Published:Thursday | October 1, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Hurricane Joaquin forms near The Bahamas

MIAMI (AP):

Up to yesterday, Hurricane Joaquin was projected to impact the east coast of the United States early next week.

The hurricane is expected to pass near the islands of San Salvador, Cat Island, Eleuthera and Rum Cay late today and early tomorrow, close enough that it could bring tropical-storm-force winds, coastal flooding and 5-10 inches (13-25 centimetres) of rain, said Geoffrey Greene, a senior forecaster with The Bahamas Meteorology Department.

"We would be very concerned about them," Greene said of the small, lightly populated islands in the far east of The Bahamas.

The centre of the storm was expected to be closest to land in The Bahamas about 2 p.m. today, passing east of San Salvador, Greene said.