Hurricane Dorian closed in on the northern Bahamas early Sunday as an “extremely dangerous”Category 4 storm, likely to bring a life-threatening storm surge, hurricane-force winds and heavy rainfall
Dorian barreled across the Caribbean overnight, with winds swirling at 150 mph as it headed toward the Southeast coast of the U.S. President Trump warned it could be “one of the biggest and strongest” storms to hit in decades.
The storm was advancing at 8 mph as it moved west, the National Hurricane Center said at 2 a.m. ET Sunday. It was about 95 miles east of Great Abaco Island and the northwestern Bahamas and 280 miles east of West Palm Beach, Fla. Its winds increased Saturday, nearing a Category 5 classification, where winds are sustained over 156 mph
Authorities evacuated most of the northern shore and low-lying islands in the Bahamas on Saturday, and remaining tourists were sent to shelters.
The storm could make landfall next week inFlorida,Georgiaor theCarolinas. The NHC has stressed that the storm’s possible path is uncertain and can change, but what is certain is that it will be a dangerous weather event.
There is a “cone of uncertainty” as to where Dorian might make landfall, Fox News meteorologist Adam Klotz said Saturday. The system could travel closer inland near Florida or it could stay out over the Atlantic Ocean more, then proceed north to the Carolinas where it could make landfall
“Dorian is forecast to move over a deep layer of very warm waters, which is like high octane-fuel for hurricanes,” National Hurricane Center specialist Lixion Avila told the Post and Courier.
National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said the “energy and power” of the raw system was clearly visible as of Saturday evening. While there were subtle changes in its forecast, the storm is “still a very dangerous situation over the Bahamas,” where up to 25 inches of rain might fall in some places and water levels could rise up to 15 feet above normal height.
Graham said the situation in the Bahamas is “life-threatening” especially because the hurricane becomes “slow and stalled” over that area.
Hurricane warnings were in effect for the northwestern Bahamas and a hurricane watch was in place for Andros Island. There was also a tropical storm watch in effect from Deerfield Beach to Sebastian Inlet in Florida, the NHC said in its advisory at 2 a.m. ET Sunday.
“On this track, the core of Dorian should be near or over portions of the northwestern Bahamas on Sunday, and move closer to the Florida east coast late Monday through Tuesday,” the NHC said…Continue Reading