Hurricane Dorian Makes Landfall in the Bahamas, Select Road Tolls Suspended Across Florida Highways
Hurricane Dorian has made landfall in the Bahamas as aCategory 5 major hurricane with sustained winds of 185 mph and gusts over 220 mph, making it a “catastrophic” storm with “devastating winds,” according to the National Hurricane Center. As the current forecast stands, Central Florida will feel impacts on Tuesday and Wednesday.
“More tropical watches are expected through the day for Central Florida, as we anticipate the worst weather arriving on Tuesday and lingering through early Wednesday,” FOX 35 meteorologist Brooks Tomlin said Sunday after the 2 p.m. update.
While the projected consensus path has the storm, whose minimum central pressure fell slightly to 911 mb as of 12:45 p.m.., staying offshore, the three-day cone of uncertainty jogged somewhat more inland overnight to now include all of metro Orlando including Walt Disney World.
The current track keeps the storm within striking distance of Florida’s east coast, projected to be a Category 4 hurricane with sustained 140 mph winds and 165 mph gusts off the coast of Palm Beach County by late Monday, and then begin its shift to the northwest skirting the coast adjacent to Brevard County all day Tuesday so it’s off Cape Canaveral by 2 a.m. Wednesday as a Category 3 hurricane with 115 mph sustained winds.
The National Hurricane Center continues to urge Florida visitors and residents to make preparations ahead of Hurricane Dorian as trajectories can still shift at the last minute, not to mention the effects of flooding and other impacts from being inside the cone.