Hurricane Dorian intensifies to Category 5 storm

Hurricane Dorian intensifies to Category 5 storm

"It's going to be very bad for the Bahamas", said hurricane center director Ken Graham, calling Dorian a "very treacherous, very risky, life-threatening situation" for the islands.

Dorian is tied with the Labour Day hurricane of 1935 for the most powerful Atlantic hurricane to ever make landfall.

However, the force of the hurricane is even more risky due to its slow movement of just 1mph.

Hurricane Dorian is a mercurial storm, one that was meant to hit Florida but shifted course.

Many Abaco Islands residents were reported to have opted to ride out the monster hurricane, rather than heed government warnings to evacuate.

Hurricane Dorian, the second-strongest Atlantic storm on record, pounded the Bahamian islands of Great Abaco and Grand Bahama on Sunday night and was forecast to move dangerously close to Florida in the next two days, USA forecasters said.

Approximately 148,500 residents in St. Johns County, Florida, will be subject to a mandatory evacuation order that also goes into effect Monday morning, county authorities said.

A mandatory evacuation has been ordered for parts of Florida's Palm Beach County, including the Mar-a-Lago club owned by Donald Trump, which the president often uses as a "Winter White House".

Warmer oceans add to the raw fuel on which hurricanes feed, and higher sea levels boost storm surges that may overcome coastal defences. Here are videos shared by people in the Bahamas showing the storm's arrival.


Dorian had been spiraling wind speeds as fast as 185 miles per hour, with devastating gusts over 220 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center warned Sunday.

Dorian isn't expected to make landfall in Florida, though the eye will possibly come within 50 to 60 miles, enough to cause wind and water damage, Cioffi said.

National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham urged residents not to bet on safety just because the specific forecast track has the storm just a bit offshore.

This powerful storm like this, you get 185 mile an hour winds and just significant issues when you start slowing down a situation with this.

Graham says the storm stalling also complicates the US forecast.

We do expect that slow eventual turn towards the north.

A "catastrophic" scenario is unfolding in the northwestern Bahamas, where the storm's eyewall, the ring of destructive winds around the center, struck Sunday.

The National Hurricane Center posted an epic photo from inside Dorian on Sunday.

In its advisory at 8 a.m. EDT, the center says the storm's center is 35 miles (55 kilometers) east of Great Abaco Island and 225 miles (360 kilometers) east of West Palm Beach.


If the hurricane remains along the coast, coastal flooding erosion will be likely. Around 2 p.m., its eye made landfall at Great Abaco Island near Marsh Harbour, as it then began to head toward Grand Bahama.

The storm's peak sustained-winds rank as the strongest so far north in the Atlantic Ocean east of Florida on record.

Hurricane watches have been extended to parts of Florida's east coast from north of Deerfield Beach to Jupiter Inlet and Volusia/Brevard County Line to the Flagler/Volusia County Line.

With gusts over 355kmh, Dorian was moving west at 11kmh.

Trump, who canceled a high-profile trip to Warsaw to focus on storm preparations, was due to receive an updated hurricane briefing from the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Sunday.

The US states of Florida, Georgia, North and SC have all declared states of emergency.

He noted that some forecast models still bring Dorian close to or even onto the Florida peninsula.

Over two or three days, the hurricane could dump as much as 4 feet (1 meter) of rain, in addition to the winds and storm surge, said private meteorologist Ryan Maue.


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