Joaquin is now a category 4 hurricane; forecast track changes

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RICHMOND, Va. -- Hurricane Joaquin strengthened into a category four storm Thursday afternoon with winds reaching 130 mph.  The center of the storm was located in the eastern Bahamas.

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The forecast track from the National Hurricane Center has changed significantly in the past 24 hours.  This is due to more data being fed into the computer models from aircraft reconnaissance missions into the hurricane.

The current forecast keeps the center and the brunt of the hurricane east of Virginia as it heads northeast of our area.

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The spaghetti plot of computer models shows a more eastward swing versus what was depicted yesterday.  However, there are still some models that bring the storm into the Carolinas or Virginia.

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As said yesterday, a lot more may change with the forecast track.  Stay tuned for frequent updates.  The latest info and track forecast can always be found in the CBS 6 Hurricane Tracker and the CBS 6 Weather Authority App.