A weakening Hurricane Joaquin moved past Bermuda and farther out into the Atlantic on Monday after toppling trees and knocking out power to thousands in the wealthy financial haven and tourist destination. The U.S. Coast Guard said the craft sunk after losing power and communications when it was caught in the strengthening hurricane.
U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday declared a state of emergency in South Carolina after flooding triggered by heavy rainfall, which is set to continue through the weekend across the USA east coast.
The hurricane has lashed America, Barbados and Bermuda this week, destroying homes and residences, with gusts of wind up 60mph.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said that elevated water levels and large waves from Joaquin will affect the USA mid-Atlantic region, “causing significant beach and dune erosion with moderate coastal flooding likely”. The center of Joaquin is expected to pass about 60 miles (97 kilometers) from the island on Monday.
An elderly man died on Long Island during the hurricane but it has not yet been determined if the storm caused his death, said Capt. Stephen Russell, the director of the Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency, and police say they have no confirmed loss of life from Joaquin.
The eye of Joaquin was expected to pass west of Bermuda on Sunday, but the storm still might veer closer to the island, forecasters warned. In the Miami-based center’s earlier advisory on Sunday, Joaquin was a Category 3 hurricane, with slightly stronger winds.
Aircraft and ships returned to the southeastern Bahamas early Sunday to resume searching for a US cargo ship with 33 people on board. An initial ping was received Thursday morning, but no new ones have followed as Coast Guard helicopters and C-130 planes and Navy P-8 scan from the skies.
A hurricane warning is still in effect for parts of the Bahamas.
The Bermuda Weather Service reported that the island should start to feel tropical storm-force winds later Sunday.
The TCI Airport’s Authority continuously monitored the storm and issued updated reports to ensure minimal disruption of service.
The third Atlantic hurricane of 2015 had moved well away from Bermuda and deeper into the north Atlantic early Tuesday.
It has maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour (205 kph), and is moving northeast at 10 miles per hour (17 kph).