Prepare Now For Hurricane Joaquin

UPDATE 12 p.m. Thursday: Hurricane Joaquin on Very Uncertain Path Toward Long Island

Parts of the East Coast could be under a hurricane watch by Thursday evening as Hurricane Joaquin continues to strengthen in the Atlantic.

The latest National Hurricane Center track for the storm has shifted a bit east, lessening the chance of a direct hit to the mid-Atlantic, but increasing the probability that the storm strikes the Jersey Shore as a tropical storm with winds of 39-73 mph late Monday or early Tuesday.

In New York, officials are urging residents to begin to prepare for the storm now. Even if Long Island avoids a direct hit, Joaquin will likely bring strong winds, heav