|A predicted path of Hurricane Joaquin looks rather similar to the male appendage, social media users have pointed out.|
As Hurricane Joaquin bore down on the Bahamas, the United States braced itself as forecasters predicted it could grow more intense, while following a path that would near the US East Coast by the weekend.
Joaquin grew to a Category 3 storm overnight with maximum sustained winds of 195km/h and hurricane strength winds extending 55km from the eye, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami said. Meteorologists have predicted numerous paths the storm could turn, including steamrolling towards the US. But, the thing is, no one actually knows.
“Confidence in the details of the forecast after 72-hours remains low … The range of possible outcomes is still large,” the NHC said. “Because landfall, if it occurs, is still more than three days away, it’s too early to talk about specific wind, rain or surge impacts from Joaquin in the US.
But as the storm is moving at a relatively slow speed and could intensify to Category Four, “a catastrophic situation may unfold there with a prolonged period of intense hurricane conditions,” according to www.weather.com.
But no one seems to be able to precisely predict what will happen.
“Will it hit the US or go out to sea? The answer is yes, it will do one of those two,” said CNN’s meteorologist Chad Myers. “Yesterday direct impact on the US was a higher likelihood than today, with computers saying it’ll probably hang in the water longer.”
But one thing residents can predict before the panic is the path’s unusual representation of the male appendage.
Yeah no it's cool I'm in the big penis of destruction. #Joaquin #hurricane pic.twitter.com/U74lfu7uSM— Andrew (@Lummox123) October 1, 2015
So..um...everyone else sees the giant penis too, right? #HurricaneJoaquin pic.twitter.com/8wc6S1hLSY— Brian G (@briangerhardt) October 1, 2015
Gonna go ahead & throw this out: The projected path of #HurricaneJoaquin looks like a giant penis. #Joaquin #DCwx pic.twitter.com/ydNb8PNkWL— interface7 (@interface7) October 1, 2015
“Some models suggest Joaquin will turn quickly to the north and then curve toward the East Coast, while others push the hurricane out into the Atlantic and away from land,” writes the Washington Post.
“The uncertainty in track forecast right now cannot be overstated, and it is not even represented well by the official track forecast by the National Hurricane Center. Unfortunately in this situation, the spread in the forecast models is far greater in size than the cone of uncertainty in the official forecast.
The fear is understandable for New Yorkers, after the devastating affect left by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, there’s reason to be prepared. 117 were killed in the US alone after the Category 2 storm reached land on October 29, 2012.
But, it’s too early to tell.