Devastating Rains in South Carolina; Joaquin Lashing Bermuda

By: Bob Henson and Jeff Masters, 8:01 PM GMT on October 04, 2015

One of the most widespread and intense multiday rain events in the history of the Southeast is bringing misery and destruction to thousands of residents. A broad swath of deep tropical moisture extending west from Hurricane Joaquin has intercepted a preexisting frontal zone and a strong upper-level low parked over the Southeast. These factors produced a NW-to-SE band of extremely heavy rain on Saturday from the northern South Carolina coast to the Uplands at the oth...

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Updated: 8:51 PM GMT on October 04, 2015

Landslide in Guatemala Kills 86, Leaves 500+ Missing

By: Jeff Masters, 1:25 PM GMT on October 04, 2015

One of the deadliest weather disasters of 2015 occurred in a suburb of Guatemala City, Guatemala on Thursday night, October 1, when a massive landslide of waterlogged earth and debris tore through the village of El Cambray II, in the municipality of Santa Catarina Pinula, destroying or damaging 125 homes. At least 86 were killed, and over 500 people were feared missing as of Sunday morning. According to Norman Avila of, who maintains a personal weather s...


Updated: 1:37 PM GMT on October 04, 2015

Joaquin Close to Category 5 Strength; Rains Inundate Carolinas

By: Bob Henson, 6:01 PM GMT on October 03, 2015

There is plenty of life left in Hurricane Joaquin as it moves away from the Bahamas. An Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft detected winds around noon EDT Saturday of 144 knots at the 700-millibar level, with stepped-frequency microwave radiometer (SFMR) data showing estimated surface winds of 138 knots (159 mph). The National Hurricane Center upgraded Joaquin’s strength to top sustained winds of 155 mph in a special advisory at noon EDT Saturday, up from 130 mph ...

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Updated: 4:05 AM GMT on October 04, 2015

Joaquin Still Gripping Bahamas; #NotJoaquin Dousing Carolinas, Virginia

By: Bob Henson and Jeff Masters, 11:16 PM GMT on October 02, 2015

A potentially historic rainfall event for the Carolinas has begun, with many locations set to receive between 1 and 2 feet of rain by early next week. An intense band of thunderstorms has set up across eastern NC and northeast SC, and cells are “training” northward through this N-S band, already leading to high rainfall totals. A station at North Myrtle Beach, SC, reported 8.03” in the 24 hours up through 6:24 pm EDT Friday. More than half of that amount (4.30...

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Updated: 4:16 AM GMT on October 03, 2015

Thousand-Year Rains Possible in Carolinas; Joaquin Headed North

By: Jeff Masters and Bob Henson, 4:39 PM GMT on October 02, 2015

Hurricane Joaquin continued to lash the Bahamas on Friday morning as it turned north on a course expected to keep it well away from the U.S. East Coast. However, several days of coastal flooding and beach erosion will occur from New Jersey to North Carolina, and extremely heavy rain could produce dangerous impacts in South Carolina. It was a long night of screaming winds, pounding waves, and lashing rains for residents of the Central Bahama Islands, where dangerous ...

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Updated: 5:17 PM GMT on October 02, 2015

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Dr. Masters co-founded wunderground in 1995. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990. Co-blogging with him: Bob Henson, @bhensonweather

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