Joaquin becomes hurricane; could hit East Coast

30 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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Tropical Storm Joaquin strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane Wednesday morning — but meteorologists remain divided about whether it is likely to smash into the East Coast.The House is poised to pass a government funding bill Wednesday — without the provision to defund Planned Parenthood — and avert a government shutdown. Joaquin — the third hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season — is packing sustained winds of 75 mph as it lurks about 250 miles east of the Bahamas, according to the National Weather Service.

House and Senate leaders plan to meet soon with President Obama to try to reach some kind of agreement on future spending levels to try to prevent this funding crisis from happening again. Before Joaquin arrives on the scene — or not, as the case may be — an area from Maine to North Carolina was set for a separate round of rainfall that had already started overnight Tuesday into Wednesday in some areas.

This system was the result of a complex cocktail of “moving parts,” according to Fortier, including a cold front in the east and low pressure in the South that has already caused heavy rainfall there. A dreaded day for many NASCAR fans arrives Wednesday: Tony Stewart will announce his intentions Wednesday to step away after the 2016 season, sources tell USA TODAY.

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