Hurricane Dorian Update: Dorian Becomes the “Strongest Hurricane in Modern Record” To Hit The Bahamas, Florida Still in Cone of Uncertainty
The 11:00 AM update from the National Hurricane Center is here and the NHC has stated that Hurricane Dorian is now the strongest hurricane in modern record to hit the northwestern Bahamas, making it stronger than Hurricane Michael in 2018 and Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
JUST IN: Hurricane Dorian has become the "strongest hurricane in modern records" for the northwestern Bahamas. https://t.co/97GrqvCnc4
Currently, Dorian has winds up to 180mph and is moving West at 7mph approximately 20 miles East-Northeast of Great Abaco Island. Dorian is currently tracking to go up the coast of Florida, missing the Sunshine State, but the NHC warns that this hurricane is unpredictable and still could make landfall in Florida.
1. A prolonged period of catastrophic winds and storm surge will affect the Abaco Islands today. Everyone there should take immediate shelter and not venture into the eye. These catastrophic conditions are likely on Grand Bahama Island later today or tonight, and efforts to protect life and property there should be rushed to completion.
2. Storm surge and hurricane watches and tropical storm warnings are in effect for portions of the Florida east coast. Life-threatening storm surge and dangerous hurricane-force winds are possible along portions of the Florida east coast through mid-week, as only a slight deviation to the left of the official forecast would bring the core of Dorian near or over the coast. Residents should listen to advice given by local emergency officials.
3. There is an increasing likelihood of strong winds and dangerous storm surge along the coasts of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina later this week. Residents in these areas should continue to monitor the progress of Dorian.
4. Heavy rains, capable of producing life-threatening flash floods, are possible over northern portions of the Bahamas and coastal sections of the southeast and lower mid-Atlantic regions of the United States through late this week.
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.