Region Dodges Hurricane’s Worst; Stays Ready

WASHINGTON — While some parts of Maryland, Washington and Virginia continue under a state of emergency, the region appears to have missed major damage from Hurricane Joaquin, which hammered the Bahamas and is causing significant damage in the Carolinas, weather officials said.

On Sunday morning, the category 4 hurricane was veering to the northeast after lashing the island nation of the Bahamas, a popular winter tourist destination, and causing flooding in the mid-Atlantic area of the U.S.

Joaquin has already caused flooding in North and South Carolina and resulted in a number of deaths, including possibly 33 people aboard an American cargo reported missing near the Bahamas.

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