Beaufort County in Hurricane’s Dorian’s path. Storm now Category 5

Beaufort County in Hurricane’s Dorian’s path. Storm now Category 5

You can't take your eye off it. you have to make preparations now.

Potential damage to the Bahamas from Dorian could be exacerbated by the fact that its westward motion is forecast to slow, keeping it over the islands for longer, the Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency said in a statement.

Still, residents of Grand Bahama are advised to remain in their shelters, as unsafe winds will pick back up once the eye passes.

The US Coast Guard said large commercial vessels should plan to leave ports from south Florida to Savannah, Georgia, and advised pleasure craft to seek safe harbour.

Even without a landfall, storm surge, heavy rain, and tropical storm force winds will be felt.

Hurricane Dorian spaghetti models
Hurricane Dorian spaghetti models

The government of the Bahamas has discontinued the hurricane warning for New Providence and Eleuthera, and the hurricane watch for Andros island.

Earlier Sunday, Dorian's maximum sustained winds reached 185 miles per hour (297 kph), with gusts up to 220 miles per hour (354 kph).

"The Bahamas are going to get absolutely leveled by this thing because this thing's a strong storm". It's also around 125 miles (200 kilometers) east of West Palm Beach, Florida.

She said memories of past hurricanes - including 2005's historic storm Wilma - were still fresh. Consequently, the steering currents should collapse and Dorian is anticipated to drift toward the northwest and north-northwest while is moving over the northwestern Bahamas and near the east coast of Florida.

Hurricane Dorian, a massive Category 5 storm on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale, is seen on September 1, 2019 by the NOAA-20 weather satellite in this infrared view. If the storm does continue on its predicted path, the National Hurricane Center says the most reasonable arrival time of storm-force winds will be late Wednesday night into early Thursday.


Authorities closed airports for the Abaco Islands, Grand Bahama, and Bimini, but Lynden Pindling International Airport at the capital of Nassau remained open.

'Their hotels are built to exceed Florida building codes so they're built to withstand a Category 5 hurricane, ' he said.

On Saturday, officials in the Bahamas urged residents to evacuate the areas that were forecasted to be hit the hardest.

The hurricane moved over the eastern end of Grand Bahama island during the night, with a slight decrease in its top winds to 180 miles per hour (285 kph), forecasters said.

Beaufort County can expect anywhere from 6 to 15 inches of rain from Hurricane Dorian, according to the weather service. It hit two of the northwestern Abaco Islands and its "fury" was "now aiming towards Grand Bahama" island, according to the US National Hurricane Center (HNC) in Miami.


Videos and pictures posted to social media showed the massive rains and winds taking over the Abaco Islands, which partially comprise the northern end of the Bahamas, as the storm is set to advance north and west.

Residents of the Abacos and Grand Bahama islands are still advised to remain in their shelters.

"73,000 residents would be impacted by this storm and 21,000 homes would be impacted", said Hubert Minnis, Bahamian Prime Minister. "Residents in these areas should continue to monitor the progress of Dorian". That proximity would bring tropical-storm-force winds to the broad stroke of the area and potentially hurricane-force winds along the coast.

A text message seen by AFP from a woman named Kendra Williams, who lives on Grand Bahama said: "We are under water; we are up in the ceiling".

Flooding is a key concern for Bahamanian residents, as many homes are nearby or easily accessible to the water.


"I was all set to stay home until they had to turn the water off", said Watson, who added she was not anxious for her personal safety but hoped the storm spared the retirement community.

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