The 10th named storm of the season was announced on Monday: Tropical Storm Joaquin.
According to the US National Hurricane Center, Joaquin is currently building strength 400 miles northeast of the Bahamas. Its maximum sustained winds are 40 mph. The Center expects the storm to strengthen over the next couple of days.
Joaquin is moving north/northeast over the Eastern Gulf and is expected to make landfall near the Big Bend late in the day on Tuesday. Heavy rainfall is expected to cover much of the southeastern United States. This area, esp Jacksonville, Northeast Fl. & Southeast Georgia, should be prepared for strong winds and flooding Tuesday evening.
The tropical storm will continue to can strength throughout the week and should reach the Carolinas by the weekend.
Joaquin comes at the same time that another storm, Hurricane Marty, is growing in the east Pacific. Marty is approaching south-central Mexico. Its maximum sustained winds are 75 mph. Already heavy rains have soaked areas from Zihuatanejo to Acapulco as the storm continues to move northeast.
A hurricane watch is in effect from Tecpan de Galeana to Lazaro Cardenas. Experts predict significant coastal flooding.