The East coast is already flooding -- and there's a weekend full of rain ahead

According to the latest National Weather Service forecast, the East Coast is mostly out of the woods when it comes to Hurricane Joaquin — a powerful Category 4 storm that is currently battering the central Bahamas.

But that doesn’t mean that the US won’t feel some nasty effects, including heavy rain, large ocean swells, and flooding.

According to Eric Holthaus, a meteorologist and blogger for Slate, parts of South Carolina could receive 15 to 20 inches of rain in the next three days, and will likely see historic flooding.

Some regions near the coast are expected to get 20-foot waves this weekend.

Holthaus reports that, as of Friday morning, states that are still at risk of major flooding include South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts.

And some of these states are already experiencing severe effects. Check out some images of the flooding below.

Norfolk, Virginia

Sea Isle City, New Jersey

Avalon, New Jersey

Ocean City, Maryland

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Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Outer Banks, North Carolina

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