Dorian becomes strongest hurricane in modern records to hit Bahamas
Dorian has become a catastrophic Category 5 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 180 mph.
The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) in an update at 11am revealed that Dorian has become the strongest hurricane in modern records for the Northwestern Bahamas.
"Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 180 mph (285 km/h) with higher gusts. Dorian has grown larger in size. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center and tropical-storm- force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km).
Ham radio reports indicate that Hope Town in the Abacos just reported wind gust to 100 mph. Dorian is an extremely dangerous category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
The minimum central pressure measured by both NOAA and Air Force
reconnaissance plane was 913 mb (26.96 inches). Some fluctuations in intensity are likely, but Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during the next few days.”
The NHC added that catastrophic conditions are occurring in the Abacos Islands and will spread across Grand Bahama Island later today and Sunday night.
The hurricane is located 20 miles east of Great Abaco in the Bahamas.
“Hurricane Dorian is centered as of 11 a.m. EDT about 230 miles (30 km) east-northeast of Great Abaco Island and about 205 miles (330 km) east of West Palm Beach, Florida. Dorian is moving toward the west near 7 mph (11 km/h). A slower westward motion should continue for the next day or two, followed by a gradual turn toward the northwest.
On this track, the core of extremely dangerous Hurricane Dorian will continue to move over Great Abaco and move near or over Grand Bahama Island later tonight and Monday. The hurricane should move closer to the Florida east coast late Monday through Tuesday night," the NHC.
A Hurricane Warning continues for the Northwest Bahamas excluding Andros Island while a Hurricane Watch continues for Andros Island and along the Florida east coast from north of Deerfield Beach to the Volusia/Brevard County Line.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from north of Deerfield Beach to Sebastian Inlet and a Tropical Storm Watch is in effect from north of Golden Beach to Deerfield Beach and Lake Okeechobee.
A Storm Surge Watch is also in effect from north of Deerfield Beach to the Volusia/Brevard County Line.