Hurricane Joaquin Newport

The What’sUpNewp Crew will be following Hurricane Joaquin as she makes her way up and towards the east coast and New England.

Stay tuned here for public advisory updates, as well as the impact she will have on scheduled events and business as usual here in Newport, RI.

Flooding Rains Continue in Parts of the Southeast

Excessive rainfall will continue Saturday into Saturday night across a large part of the southeastern U.S. Additional rainfall accumulations of 5 to 10 inches, with locally higher amounts, can be expected in much of South Carolina and parts of surrounding states. The NWS Weather Prediction Center has outlined a High Risk for excessive rainfall Saturday and Saturday Night in South Carolina.
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Hurricane Joaquin Impact On Upcoming Events 

  • Norman Bird Sanctuary –  would like to remind everyone that their 41st Annual Harvest Fair this weekend WILL be held rain or shine and that the event offers plenty of activities under tents.
  • Sail Newport -Unfortunately, weather forecasts are grim and we have decided to cancel racing (Sail For Hope) on Saturday. However, we will still hold a party on Saturday from 4 PM to 7 PM at the IYAC for sailors and guests. Please join us at the IYAC (536 Thames St.) in Newport. Our wonderful sponsor Newport Shipyard will move their chowder to the IYAC and the bar will offer drink specials. To raise needed funds for the very important charities, a suggested donation of $10 will be collected at the door. Pat Kennedy says bar proceeds on drink specials will be donated to the Red Cross and the Warrior Sailing Program at Sail Newport. If you have not already notified us, please let us know if you want a refund on your entry fee or if we should split that amount and donate to the two charities! NOTE: There will be no dockage at Sail Newport this weekend. If you store your boat at Sail Newport, please come and make sure the boat is secured to the ground.
  • Clean Ocean Access – October 3rd 3rd Annual Paddle to Remember – RESCHEDULED – With regret we are CANCELLING the event and will look to RESCHEDULE later this month. With a forecast of rain, 10 foot seas and 25 knot winds, for safety sake it makes sense to reschedule
  • Fort Adams – UPDATE: The Middletown Rotary Car Show scheduled for this Sun. 10/4 has been CANCELLED due to impending weather

Stay informed by returning to for updates…

Major Hurricane Joaquin continues to move northeast and away from the Bahamas, and conditions there should gradually improve this morning. Joaquin is centered about 120 miles northeast of San Salvador, moving toward the northeast near 13 mph. This motion is expected to continue through tonight with an increase in forward speed. On the forecast track, the center of Joaquin will continue to move away from the Bahamas today, and pass west of Bermuda on Sunday.

A Hurricane Warning continues for the Central Bahamas and for The Acklins, Crooked Island, and Mayaguana in the Southeast Bahamas. A Tropical Storm Warning continues for the remainder of the southeastern Bahamas including the Turks and Caicos Islands.A Tropical Storm Warning and a Hurricane Watch continue for Bermuda.

Maximum sustained winds are near 125 mph with higher gusts – a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Slow weakening is expected begin later today, followed by steadier weakening Sunday and Sunday night.

Swells generated by Joaquin are affecting much of the southeastern coast of the United States and will spread northward along the east coast of the United States through the weekend. Swells from Joaquin will begin affecting Bermuda today and
continue through the weekend. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Even though Joaquin is expected to pass well east of the coast of the United States, a prolonged period of elevated water levels and large waves will affect the mid-Atlantic region, causing significant beach and dune erosion with moderate coastal flooding likely. Please consult products from your local weather office

Get the latest on this tropical cyclone by visiting the NHC website

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Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

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