CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Joaquin continues to roll through the Caribbean as a category 4 hurricane. And interests up and down the East Coast are preparing for hurricane force winds and flooding rains.
While Joaquin likely won't make a direct hit on the Carolinas, we will certainly feel its impact. Heavy rains are in the forecast Friday and into the weekend.
In fact, most of the models point towards the Charlotte area picking three to four inches of rain through Saturday night and Sunday morning. In the foothills and the mountains the rains may be even heavier.
Flooding is also a concern. The National Weather Service has issued flash flood watches for all of the WBTV viewing area starting Friday morning. The warning will stay in effect through Monday.
This is still a very fluid situation. But some of the latest model runs as of Thursday afternoon have started to turn Joaquin further east and out into the Atlantic by Sunday.
This will have very little impact on the forecast area in and around Charlotte. A deep fetch of tropical moisture will still bring the likelihood of several inches of rain into the region Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
REMINDER: This is a great time to download the WBTV weather and hurricane tracker apps from the Apple or Android store. You can take the First Alert Weather Center with you on your smart phone.