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Hurricane Joaquin forms near the Bahamas

Posted: 2:17 PM, Sep 30, 2015
Updated: 2015-09-30 18:17:53Z

Joaquin strengthened to a hurricane Wednesday morning as it nears the Bahamas.

A hurricane warning has been issued for the central Bahamas as the storm approaches.

See also: Joaquin could mean flooding for Maryland

Hurricane Joaquin's maximum sustained winds increased to near 75 mph. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says additional strengthening is expected over the next two days.

The storm is centered about 245 miles east-northeast of the central Bahamas and is moving southwest near 6 mph. Joaquin's center is expected to pass over or near the central Bahamas Wednesday night or Thursday.

Meanwhile in the Pacific, Marty has weakened to a tropical depression as it moves away from Mexico's coast.

Marty's maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 35 mph and it's expected to weaken to a remnant low later Wednesday or on Thursday. The depression is centered about 115 miles  south-southwest of Zihuatanejo, Mexico.