Hurricane Joaquin hits South Carolina, state of emergency declared
Oct.4, South Carolina: A powerful hurricane Joaquin has hit South Carolina of the US. The hurricane has left 33 members of ship crew missing and is headed towards Bermuda after hitting the Bahamas.
US President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in South Carolina on Saturday, making federal emergency funds available.
The US National Hurricane Center said that the hurricane strength significantly increased on Saturday with 240 km per hour. The storm is catastrophic of Category 4 on a scale of 1 to 5, was about 805km southwest of Bermuda, the Miami-based centre said.
It swirled away from the Bahamas early on Saturday, after slamming parts of the archipelago for more than two days.
The storm was expected to pass west of Bermuda, well off the US coastline, on Sunday, before heading on a north-northeast track taking it further out to sea.
Before an earlier shift in Joaquin's trajectory, New York and New Jersey, where Superstorm Sandy killed more than 120 people and caused $70bn of property damage in October 2012, faced potential threats from the storm.
The Oslo Times