Hurricane Joaquin is upon the Caribbean. On Oct. 1, forecasters say its turned into an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said that the storm is expected to strengthen in the next 24 hours. A hurricane watch is in effect for the Bahamas and other nearby islands. Heavy rains have already started to flood the streets in cities in South Carolina and are expected to hit areas of North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey. In case you haven't already, here are some tips from the Associated Press to prepare.
Bring inside any flower pots, garden furniture, trash cans or other items that can get picked up by heavy winds and tossed around. Anchor or remove gas grills and turn off propane tanks. Close shutters or consider boarding up windows with plywood. Clear clogged rain gutters and downspouts.