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Hurricane Dorian – Day 9

Hurricane DorianPosition: 26.6N 78.0W [11:00PM CDT 0400 UTC].
Movement: West [275°] near 6 mph [ 9 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 180 mph [285 kph].
Wind Gusts: 220 mph [355 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 140 miles [220 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 45 miles [ 75 km].
Minimum central pressure: 914 mb.

Currently about 45 miles [ 70 km] East of Freeport, Grand Bahama Island.

Dorian made landfall on Elbow Cay, Abacos at 11:40AM CDT.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Northwestern Bahamas excluding Andros Island; the east coast of Florida from Jupiter Inlet to the Volusia/Brevard County Line.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the east coast of Florida from Deerfield Beach to Jupiter Inlet.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for the east coast of Florida from Lantana to the Volusia/Brevard County Line.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Andros Island; the east coast of Florida from Deerfield Beach to Jupiter Inlet and the Volusia/Brevard County Line to the Mouth of the St. Mary’s River.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the east coast of Florida from Golden Beach to Deerfield Beach; Lake Okeechobee.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for the east coast of Florida from Deerfield Beach to Lantana and the Volusia/Brevard County Line to the Mouth of the St. Mary’s River.

At 7AM CDT the eyewall of Dorian is about to hit the Abaco Islands as a Category 5 hurricane.

At 10AM CDT Dorian is still intensifying as it pounds the Northern Bahamas. It is the strongest storm in modern records to hit the islands.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

8 comments

1 JuanitaM { 09.01.19 at 10:05 am }

Those poor islanders. I sat through a high cat 2 once when Bob came through the Outer Banks, and I wouldn’t want to stay through anything higher than that. I can’t even imagine a cat 5. What in the world do they do with those that are hospitalized? I know a lot of people just left on their boats and headed west.

2 Bryan { 09.01.19 at 1:16 pm }

Those islands are going to get scrubbed. The storm surge and waves will knock down anything that was erected. I hope everyone left because there is not going to be much of anything left.

3 JuanitaM { 09.01.19 at 2:42 pm }

Am I correct that the whole place is only about 15 feet above sea level? If so, then the entire island could be covered with the surge, right? Lord, have mercy.

4 Bryan { 09.01.19 at 10:12 pm }

You are correct. if you aren’t on a second floor of a very strong building you will drown. Evacuation is the only safe choice.

5 Kryten42 { 09.02.19 at 2:25 am }

Mom earth is seriously peeved its seems. I thought the same as you both about those Islands & the US coastal region in Dorian’s path. The media have started calling Dorian “apocalyptic”! They may not be wrong. 😟😳

20 million Americans urged to act as ‘apocalyptic hurricane’ Dorian rolls in

6 JuanitaM { 09.02.19 at 6:41 pm }

Bryan, it’s good to know that you are well out of this mess. It looks like we’ll be so far west of it that we won’t be even getting rain from it. Unless of course, it decides to change direction. Just think, it’s just the start of hurricane season, and we get this monster of a storm.

Kryten, hope things are going well for you “down under”. And yes, I can’t imagine what they are going to find when the storm clears. It will certainly seem like an apocalypse to whomever decided to stay.

7 Badtux { 09.02.19 at 10:40 pm }

Juanita, most of those who decided to stay in the Bahamas had no choice in the matter, they’re too poor to go anywhere else and all t hey can do is go to the highest part of the highest island and hope. The highest part of Grand Bahama is around 40 feet above sea level so should be above the storm surge, but the wind is going to be the problem. We’ll have to see how many people survive after the storm finishes with them :(.

8 Bryan { 09.02.19 at 11:50 pm }

Dorian had the second highest wind speed of any Atlantic hurricane on record. It is prime time for the Atlantic season, so a major hurricane isn’t a surprise, but it is the fourth Category 5 on Trump’s watch.

Juanita, as Badtux notes, you don’t stay in the path of a storm like Dorian unless you have no way of avoiding it. The people on Grand Bahama have been mugged. The storm has no steering force at the moment and is stuck in place by the Bermuda High and another high in the middle of the US. It would turn to the North and then Northeast if it could.

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