There’s little hope. The Coast Guard believes that El Faro, with 28 American and five Polish crew members, sank off the Bahamas in the midst of Hurricane Joaquin. The doomed 790-foot container ship’s owners say it tried to bypass the storm, but a mechanical failure left it at Joaquin’s mercy. Meanwhile, the once-in-a-millennium rainfall that hit the East Coast left 17 people dead in the Carolinas, dumping more than 2 feet of precipitation and breaking 18 dams. Authorities warn of continued lowland flooding as torrents head downstream.