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Joaquin remains major hurricane

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It certainly feels more like fall out there this afternoon on this the first day of October. This afternoon will feature lots of clouds but some sunshine too and it will remain dry. Temperatures will top off in the lower 60s. If you are heading over to The Big E you can leave the umbrella at home but be sure to keep the light jacket handy. 

It looks as though we stay cool but mainly dry through the weekend! We may have a spot shower here and there but high pressure to our north should keep us mainly dry. There may even be a few sunny breaks from time to time. However high temperatures both Friday and Saturday will only reach into the 50s with a chilly breezy. 

Hurricane Joaquin: Remains a category 3 Hurricane drifting WSW near the Bahamas with top winds of 120 mph. He will turn north over the next day or so then slowly start his journey up the coast. He will likely position himself off the Carolina coast over the weekend. Where he goes from there is the big question. The most likely scenario would bring him into the Mid-Atlantic states. This would bring us rain and some wind but not until  Monday into Tuesday morning. The path of Joaquin is still "up in the air" and there are even still a couple of the more reliable models that bring him out-to-sea. Things will become more clear over the next couple of days. 

The biggest threat with Tropical systems for us here in western Mass is the flood potential. Although Joaquin would weaken as he approached, flooding rains would still be an issue. Heavy rain and gusty winds could knock out power as well. Stay tuned the verdict is still out! 

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