My friend (Ian A. Bethell-Bennett) in the Bahamas reports that Hurricane Dorian is “like nothing ever seen in our history” and has shared quite disturbing videos so far. The following report by Yuliya Talmazan and Kalhan Rosenblatt (NBC News) gives us an idea of the great danger, especially for the Abacos, where surface winds reached 185 mph, with gusts reaching up to 220 mph. The storm will hit Grand Bahama Island by Sunday.
Hurricane Dorian strengthened to a “catastrophic” Category 5 storm early Sunday just before making landfall in the Bahamas, the National Hurricane Center said. As of 11 a.m. ET, Hurricane Dorian had been deemed the “strongest hurricane in modern record for the northwest Bahamas,” according to the NHC.
The storm made landfall on Sunday afternoon with estimated sustained surface winds of 185 mph, and gusts reaching up to 220 mph, at Elbow Cay, Abacos, in the northern Bahamas, the NHC said in a statement. “This is a life-threatening situation,” the NHC warned. “Residents there should take immediate shelter. Do not venture into the eye if it passes over your location.”
It is forecast to hit Grand Bahama Island later on Sunday. The hurricane shifted Saturday as forecasters said it was on course to get close to Florida, but make landfall in Georgia and the Carolinas.
On its current track, the core of Dorian should move closer to the Florida east coast late Monday through Tuesday night, the hurricane center said.
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As of 11 a.m. ET, the hurricane was 205 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida.
[See photo above and more information at https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/bahamas-brace-impact-hurricane-dorian-closes-190901085244814.html.]
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