Hurricane Joaquin is a strong storm. It went from a Category 1 to Category 4 in less than 24 hours, meaning the storm is sustaining incredible wind speeds of 130 to 156 miles per hour.
Right now, Hurricane Joaquin is battering the Bahamas, the Caribbean island nation that’s a popular tourist spot for its beautiful beaches and temperate weather. Right now, their weather is anything but.
Already people are sharing photos and videos of flooded streets, wind-bent palm trees, and waves washing in from the beach. Often the photos were taken while evacuating.
Scroll down to see how the Bahamas is holding up under Hurricane Joaquin.
Andrew Perez, a journalist in Miami, Florida, took these photos of flooded streets in Long Island as he fled back to Florida.
Twitter user Kamal took this video of the tide flowing over the road in Exuma, a district in the Bahamas made of 365 small islands called cays.
This photo from the second floor of a buildings shows houses already being flood early Thursday morning.
Fashion designer Zac Posen took this short Instagram video at Amanyara Resort, a four-star hotel on the Turks and Caicos islands southeast of the Bahamas.
The Official Nassau Guardian newspaper posted this video of a driver in the middle of flooded roads in Exuma.
Another Instagram user flees the Bahamas ahead of the storm. But if she goes anywhere on the East Coast, she may not be in for better weather. Hurricane Joaquin may not make landfall in the United States, but it's still bringing a lot of rain to the entire seaboard.
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