At 5:00 a.m., the center of Hurricane Joaquin was drifting toward the northwest near 3 mph.
A faster northward motion is expected to begin later today, followed by a turn toward the northeast and an increase in forward speed tonight and Saturday.
On the forecast track, the core of the strongest winds of Joaquin will continue moving over portions of the central and northwestern Bahamas today. Joaquin will begin to move away from the Bahamas tonight and Saturday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 130 mph with higher gusts.
Joaquin is a dangerous category 4 hurricane.
Slow weakening is expected to begin on Saturday.