Published On: Mon, Sep 2nd, 2019

Hurricane Dorian 2019: Life-threatening ‘catastrophic storm surge’ to ravage the Bahamas | World | News

Hurricane Dorian is the first Category 5 hurricane of the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season and is the fourth Category 5 hurricane to hit the US in the last two years. Dorian Is the strongest hurricane to be seen anywhere on the plant this year and is forecast to thrash much of the region through much of Monda, reaching Florida’s East Coast later today through Tuesday night. The National Hurricane Center reported that “catastrophic storm surge flooding” is likely to hit the Grand Bahama Island, adding that the situation was “life-threatening”.

The potential life-threatening storm surge is expected to raise water levels as much as 18 to 23 feet above normal tide levels in areas of onshore winds on Grand Bahama Island.

Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.

Water levels should very slowly subside on the Abaco Islands during the day.

However, the combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline.

The surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves and cause surge-related flooding depending on how close the center of Dorian comes to the Florida east coast, which can vary greatly over short distances.

The greatest hazards are wind gusts of more than 200mph with the storm surge causing “destructive waves”.

The hazards are anticipated to cause extreme destruction in the affected areas and will continue for several hours.

A storm surge warning is in effect for Lantana to the Volusia/Brevard County Line, while a storm surge watch is in effect for north of Deerfield Beach to south of Lantana and Volusia/Brevard County Line to the Mouth of the St. Mary’s River.

A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, during the next 36 hours in the indicated locations.

It is a life-threatening situation and the NHC advises persons located within these areas to take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other dangerous conditions.

Meanwhile, a Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours.

What is the latest on Hurricane Dorian?

As of the latest advisory from the NOAA, Hurricane Dorian is currently located at latitude 26.6 north, longitude 78.1 west which is approximately 40 miles east of Freeport, Grand Bahama Iland and 125 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida.

The wind speeds were reported as 170mph making it a Category 5 storm according to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale which qualifies the likely damage as a catastrophic.

The NHC reports the damage as: “High percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse.

“Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas.

“Power outages will last for weeks to possibly months.

“Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.”

It is the early hours of Monday morning in the Bahamas and Hurricane Dorian has slowed to a crawl, moving at just 5mph over the island chain, battering buildings with heavy rain and winds at around 180mph.

Residents are bunkering down at home in the dark and in shelters where they sought refuge as the storm hit.

Sunrise will not occur for another four hours, at 6:53am and therefore local authorities are unable to survey the full extent of the damage until that time.

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