Category 5 Hurricane Dorian Continues To Strengthen With 185 MPH Winds, Wind Gusts Over 200 MPH
By Space Coast Daily // September 1, 2019
Brevard County under Hurricane Watch
SPACE COAST DAILY TV HURRICANE UPDATE: Space Daily’s Chris Bonanno discusses the latest advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center on Hurricane Dorian as of 11 a.m. Saturday. The storm’s projected track remained out to sea, in the 11 a.m. advisory for the National Hurricane Center but Brevard County could experience at least tropical-force and possibly hurricane-force winds. The National Hurricane Center has upgraded Hurricane Dorian to a Category 5 hurricane on Sunday after the latest report shows Dorian registering 180 mph max sustained winds before it approaches the Abaco Islands.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The strongest hurricane in the modern era, Hurricane Dorian, has made landfall in the Bahamas on Sunday as max sustained winds continue to increase to 185 mph.
Brevard County is now under Hurricane Watch, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Dorian made landfall on Elbow Cay in the Abacos of the northwest Bahamas just after 12:30 p.m. ET.
The Category 5 Hurricane has slowed down its movement to 7 mph.
With maximum sustained winds increasing to 185 mph, Dorian is now in a tie for the second-highest sustained wind speed among all Atlantic hurricanes.
The historic mark ties the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane, which hit the Florida Keys, as the strongest landfalling hurricane in the Atlantic basin.
After passing through the Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian will begin to make a turn to the north around Monday afternoon.
A Hurricane Warning has been issued for Northwestern Bahamas excluding Andros Island. However, a Hurricane Watch remains in effect for Andros Island.
National Hurricane Center is projecting a slower westward motion should occur for the next day or two, followed by a gradual turn toward the northwest in the next 24-48 hours.
If the current track holds for Dorian, the core of extremely dangerous Hurricane Dorian should be moving over Great Abaco soon and will continue near or over Grand Bahama Island later tonight and Monday.
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The hurricane should move closer to the Florida east coast late Monday through Tuesday night.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center of Dorian. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles.
Some areas in the Northwest Bahamas could see as much 30 inches of rain. Meanwhile, Florida’s East Coast and the Carolinas are expected to get 5-10 inches of rainfall with some areas receiving 15 inches in rainfall as a result from Dorian.
NOAA’s #GOESEast spotted lightning in the eye of #HurricaneDorian this morning. The now catastrophic Cat. 5 storm is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and very heavy rainfall to the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama through Monday. More: https://t.co/hGBv8RfDYM pic.twitter.com/dDxjoQjoJD
— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) September 1, 2019
This rainfall may cause life-threatening flash floods, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Another cringeworthy feature about Hurricane Dorian is the storm surge. Life-threatening storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 15 to 20 feet above normal tide levels in areas of onshore winds on the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama Island. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.
Dorian’s Forecast Timing – Presented by Weather.com
Sunday: Dorian’s hurricane siege begins in the northwest Bahamas as it continues to slow down. Large swells should begin to arrive at the coast from North Carolina to Florida.
Monday: Dorian will still be hammering the northwest Bahamas as it crawls slowly. Bands of rain, strong winds may affect parts of Florida. Tropical storm-force winds are expected in the tropical storm warning area of eastern Florida. How strong the winds will be depends on how close the center of Dorian is to the Florida coast, which is still uncertain at this time. Battering waves, coastal flooding and beach erosion will increase along the southeast coast of Florida.
Tuesday: Dorian will still be hammering the northwest Bahamas, but conditions, there may slowly improve by night. Bands of rain, strong winds will still affect parts of Florida. Tropical storm-force winds are expected in the tropical storm warning area of eastern Florida. We cannot rule out the potential for hurricane-force winds, depending on how close the center tracks to the coast. Coastal flooding and beach erosion will spread north along the Florida coast.
Wednesday-Thursday: Dorian is expected to move north, then northeast near the coasts of northeast Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. The exact track is very uncertain, ranging from a track far enough offshore to keep hurricane force winds away from land, to a landfall anywhere in this zone. Storm surge flooding, damaging winds and flooding rain are all possible in these areas.
Friday-Saturday: Dorian is then expected to race off the Northeast Seaboard, but could track close enough to bring rain and some wind to the Virginia Tidewater, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod, before it heads toward the Canadian Maritimes by next weekend.
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