Joaquin strengthens into hurricane: NHC

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 30, 2015 8:34 AM

(Reuters) - Joaquin, formerly a tropical storm, has strengthened into the third hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Wednesday.

Joaquin, now a Category 1 hurricane located about 245 miles (395 km) east-northeast of the central Bahamas with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 km/h), is expected to move near or over portions of the central Bahamas on Wednesday night and Thursday, the NHC said.

Hurricanes range in severity from Category 1 to catastrophic Category 5.

(Reporting by Arpan Varghese in Bengaluru)