Published On: Mon, Sep 2nd, 2019

Hurricane Dorian ALERT: Eye of hurricane ‘wobbling’ say NOAA, ‘life-threatening situation’ | World | News

According to the 1pm EDT (6pm BST) interim update from the NHC, the eye of Hurricane Dorian is “wobbling near Grand Bahama island”. The NHC warned: “This is a life-threatening situation. Residents on Grand Bahama Island should not leave their shelter when the eye passes over, as winds will rapidly increase on the other side of the eye.

“Residents in the Abacos should continue to stay in their shelter until conditions subside later today.”

The update also stated wind gusts were reaching up to 190 mph, and storm surge reaching 18 to 23 feet above normal tide levels with higher destructive waves.

Dorian was located around 25 miles northeast of Freeport, Grand Bahama Island and approximately 105miles east of West Palm Beach Florida.

Evacuations have begun in Florida, with residents urged by Governor Ron DeSantis to heed all warnings.

Why is Hurricane Dorian’s eye wobbling?

News 6 meteorologist Jonathan Kegges said the eye of strong hurricanes can o often wobble.

Mr Kegges said: ”For example, Dorian is currently moving westward very slowly, but the storm could ‘jump’ north or south and then continue its westward motion.

“One of the reasons why everyone needs to pay close attention is because if Dorian wobbles west after it makes its turn north, it could run right into Florida.”

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Dorian is moving at a speed of just 1mph, and has shredded roofs, hurled cars and forced even rescue crews to take shelter until the onslaught passed.

Officials said they received a “tremendous” number of calls from people in flooded homes. Forecasters warned that Dorian could generate a storm surge as high as 23ft.

Police Chief Samuel Butler urged people to remain calm and share their GPS coordinates but said rescue crews had to wait until weather conditions improved.

Darren Henfield, the Bahamian Minister of Foreign Affairs, gave a video update from the Bahamas in which he said: “From all accounts, we have received catastrophic damage to Abaco.

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“We have reports of casualties. We have reports of bodies being seen. We cannot confirm those reports until we go out and see for ourselves.”

“It is not safe to go outdoors. Power lines are down, lampposts are down, trees are across the street.

“It is very dangerous to be outdoors if you don’t have to be.

“As soon as the weather permits our first responders will go to those areas where we have had reports from individuals who were in distress.

“We are holding strong and steady here at the government complex which we have turned into somewhat of a makeshift shelter. All of our shelters were mainly compromised.

“People have been coming from all four angles toward this place.

“We also have people sheltered in the clinic in Marsh Harbour. It is packed to capacity as I understand. Some injuries have been reported.

“We are holding strong we are asking you to continue to pray for us.”

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