Dorian menaces Bahamas after becoming catastrophic category 5 hurricane

Dorian menaces Bahamas after becoming catastrophic category 5 hurricane

As of Sunday morning, Dorian had reached Category 5 status with maximum sustained winds of 175 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Dorian has made landfall in the north-west Bahamas as a powerful category five storm with sustained winds of up to 285km/h.

The storm is expected to continue moving west for the next couple days before shifting northwest, the National Hurricane Center said. That slow speed means Dorian will have plenty of time to dump huge amounts of rain along its path.

In a nationally televised briefing, Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis warned that anyone who did not evacuate was "in extreme danger and can expect a catastrophic effect".

Storm forecasters predict that the storm will approach Florida on Monday evening, but will travel up the East Coast through Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.

Potentially devastating winds from Hurricane Dorian have strengthened yet again as the storm nears the Bahamas.

Tropical Storm Juliette is 455 miles (735 km) from Manzanillo, Mexico, with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (75 kph), the NHC said on Sunday.


"Although the official track forecast does not show landfall, users should not focus on the exact track since a Florida landfall is still a distinct possibility", forecasters said in an update.

The Hurricane Hunters also shared photos on Twitter of the storm's eye at night, with some illuminated flashes from lightning inside.

President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency in Florida and authorized the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster-relief efforts. Construction codes require homes to have metal reinforcements for roof beams to withstand winds into the upper limits of a Category 4 hurricane, and compliance is generally tight for residents who can afford it. Risks are higher in poorer communities, which typically have wooden homes and are generally in lower-lying areas.

NASA's Kennedy Space Center, in Cape Canaveral, Florida, has taken steps to safeguard itself against Hurricane Dorian.

The forecast for Florida has improved in the past day even as the situation for North Carolina is beginning to look grim.

Some videos were apparently shot while the eye of Dorian was passing over, showing widespread damage to cars, houses, fences, roads, and more.

Rouiller said for Florida to be in the clear Dorian has to make that crucial turn Monday.


On Friday, the storm was expected make landfall near the South Carolina-Georgia line after shifting north of Florida, with eastern North Carolina having a 10 percent chance of tropical-storm force winds, the Charlotte Observer reported Friday.

"That could produce life-threatening storm surge and hurricane force winds", DeSantis said.

With sustained winds of 180 miles per hour (289 kph) and gusts of 220 miles per hour (354 kph), the storm is the most powerful Atlantic hurricane to make landfall since the 1935 Labor Day hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center.

"This is the strongest hurricane that's ever hit in the Bahamas", Creenan said.

St. Lucie County authorities said they have already received a report of an attempted burglary at a vacated home, and Sheriff Ken Mascara warned would-be looters, "We are watching for this kind of activity".

Authorities closed some airports in the outlying islands, but the main worldwide airport remains open on Sunday.

Pete Werner said he is riding out the storm at home in Orlando but is sending his mother to Walt Disney World. More live updates could be added to the schedule throughout the day.


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