Hurricane Joaquin is spinning up in the Atlantic. It's now a Category 4 storm with sustained winds at 130 mph.
The National Hurricane Center says if Joaquin turns north, it could make landfall on the East Coast of the U.S. — and it could get expensive. (Video via WBZ-TV)
More ominous is the potential for flooding damage. Joaquin is being compared to Sandy, especially when it comes to the amount of rain the region could see. (Video via CNN)
One CNN meteorologist said: "There is so much tropical moisture, we will get 10 inches of rainfall in the Mid-Atlantic (in the next seven days) — and that's with a miss. If we get a hit ... that number may double."
But until Joaquin gets closer, the East Coast can't do much but wait and get ready — and deal with the heavy rain that's already falling on the region. (Video via The Weather Channel)
This video includes images from NASA and Getty Images.