Last update: December 15th, 2019 at 8:37 am
On October 6, 2015, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) captured this true-color image of Hurricane Joaquin spinning over the Atlantic Ocean. Just five minute before this image was captured, at 1500 UTC (11:00 a.m. EDT) the National Hurricane Center (NHC) issued an advisory that gave Joaquin’s location was near 38.3 North latitude and 59.6 West longitude or about 655 mi (1075 km) south-southwest of Cape Race Newfoundland and carried winds with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (130 km/h). Once a Category 5 storm with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph (250 km/h), Joaquin was continuing weakening and it accelerated northeastward.
The NHC first issued an advisory on September 27, noting that a new tropical depression had formed in the western Atlantic ocean about 405 mi (650 km) southwest of Bermuda. Dubbed Tropical Depression Eleven, the system increased in strength and became Tropical Storm Joaquin on September 8. After causing considerable damage and flooding to several islands of Bahamas and parts of the Turks & Caicos, Joaquin seemed to be taking aim at the east coast of the United States as it began to strengthen. Fortunately it tracked northeastward and stayed well out to sea.
The NHC issued its last advisory on the storm late in the day on October 8, when Joaquin had transitioned to a post-tropical cyclone. The storm had dissipated by October 15.