According to official report by National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Dorian has now strengthened into a monster Category 5 storm, packing maximum sustained winds of 160 mph, the National Hurricane Center says. Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina are all still in the potential for a landfall from this catastrophic storm over the next few days.
The devastating Hurricane Dorian now has maximum sustained winds of 160 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. This would put the storm in the highest category on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
NEW: #Dorian is now a category 5 #hurricane with 160 mph sustained winds. The eyewall of this catastrophic hurricane is about to hit the Abaco Islands with devastating winds. Next advisory: https://t.co/tW4KeFW0gB pic.twitter.com/oFspgN0XbT
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 1, 2019
Dorian will be capable of catastrophic damage as it tracks towards the Bahamas today into tomorrow.
Fluctuations in intensity will likely continue over the next 24 hours, but Dorian is expected to remain a very intense hurricane.
NHC said the most severe weather of the hurricane, known as the eyewall, is about to hit Abaco islands in the Bahamas.
Landfall is possible in the islands of the North Bahamas as a Category 5 hurricane
Hurricane conditions arrive and continuously lash the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama
The storm’s forward movement likely slows to almost a crawl over North Bahama
Life-threatening storm surge, hurricane-force winds and very heavy rainfall will pound these northern islands
Dorian creeps toward Florida’s east coast
Hurricane conditions are likely for anyone within 30 miles from the storm’s center
Tropical-storm-force winds likely arrive along Florida coast
It continues to rain in the northwestern Bahamas, where up to 12 to 24 inches of rain is expected to fall, with isolated amounts of 30 inches
Landfall is still a distinct possibility in Florida as some forecast models have shifted west again
The storm turns northward and moves up the coast of Florida or more likely offshore and along the coast
The storm continues to produce hurricane-force winds as it heads north with some more weakening forecast.
- Hurricane Dorian: The storm is currently heading northwest in the Atlantic to the Bahamas, where it is expected to make catastrophic landfall sometime on Sunday.
- The US: Dorian has turned into a Category 5 hurricane. Forecasts show a range of possible landfall sites, from Florida to the Carolinas.