Tracking Joaquin: New York City outside cone in latest projected hurricane path

ByEyewitness News WABC logo
Friday, October 2, 2015

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Joaquin is still moving through the Atlantic as a weakening Category 3 storm, but it is no longer expected to affect the East Coast of U.S., including New York City.

Here is the last track of Joaquin, which shows it going out to sea:

Rick Knabb, director of the National Hurricane Center, said Joaquin is expected to pass well offshore from the eastern seaboard. "We no longer have any models forecasting the hurricane to come into the East Coast," he said. "But we are still going to have some bad weather."

Here's the latest model chart, which shows how different computer systems are predicting the storm to travel:

Each line on the map represents a different model. This chart has changed quite a bit over the last few weeks, from the hurricane headed directly toward New York City, to hitting the Carolinas/DC area and now out to sea.

The entire East Coast will experience dangerous surf and rip currents through the weekend, Knabb said. "Joaquin is going to generate a lot of wave energy," Knabb said, adding that Bermuda might issue a tropical storm or hurricane watch, depending on Joaquin's path.

As the storm turns more north and eventually northeast it will begin to weaken. Joaquin was downgraded to a Category 3 hurricane Friday afternoon.

Regardless of its path, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency Thursday morning ahead of the storm and officials on Long Island and New York City have sprung into "hurricane mode," making sure everything is ready to go.

You can follow the storm live here via our AccuTrack hurricane tracker:

"Confidence in the details of the track forecast late in the period remains low," the National Hurricane Center said. "A wide range of outcomes is possible, from a direct impact of a major hurricane along the U.S. East Coast to a track of Joaquin out to sea away from the coast."

Here's the latest AccuWeather forecast:

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