Hurricane Joaquin is lingering over the Central Bahamas, and the dangerous Category 4 storm is expected to affect the islands through early Friday.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami said late Thursday that Joaquin was centered about 20 miles (35 kms) southeast of Clarence Town, Long Island, Bahamas, and about 75 miles (120 kms) south of San Salvador, Bahamas.
Its maximum sustained winds were 130 mph (215 kph) and the storm was creeping to the west at 3 mph (6 kph). A turn toward the north is expected Friday.
Hurricane warnings are in effect for the Central Bahamas, Northwestern Bahamas, and Southeastern Bahamas. A hurricane watch is in effect for Bimini and Andros Island.
Tropical storm warnings are in effect for the Cuban provinces of Camaguey, Los Tunas, Holguin, and Guantanamo.