Hurricane Joaquin (wah-keen) was a strong tropical cyclone. It threatened the Bahamas and the East Coast of the United States.
Joaquin became the most powerful cyclone in the Atlantic in 2015. Hurricane Joaquin passed over the warmest ocean temperatures since record keeping began in 1880, of near 86°F (30°C).
The storm developed on September 28. It became Tropical Storm Joaquin on September 29, and a hurricane the day after.
The storm later threatened Bermuda.
Thirty-four people were killed in the storm, including 33 on the ship El Faro.
The name Joaquin was retired. It was replaced with Julian.
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Hurricane Joaquin meandering around the Bahamas on October 2. Note the system to its north, which produced heavy rainfall over the Carolinas
GOES satellite animation of Hurricane Joaquin from September 28 to October 7
The NHC's five-day forecast track for Joaquin at 5:00 p.m. EDT (21:00 UTC) on September 30, depicting landfall over the United States
Enlarged and annotated track of Joaquin from September 29 – October 3 depicting its path through the Bahamas
Water vapor loop of Joaquin passing through the Bahamas on October 2
Satellite image at 11:45 UTC (7:45 a.m. EDT) on October 1 depicting the approximate final position of the SS El Faro in relation to Hurricane Joaquin
Enhanced IR satellite loop, showing Joaquin making its closest approach to Bermuda early on October 5