Published On: Fri, Aug 30th, 2019

Hurricane Dorian Bahamas track: Life-threatening storm surge to SMASH Caribbean island | World | News

Hurricane Dorian is churning through the Atlantic Ocean and is forecast to become a major hurricane later on Friday. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Dorian will develop into a Category 3 hurricane, whipping out winds of between 111 to 129mph. The horrifying weather system is currently nearing the Bahamas and is expected to smash into the island on Saturday.

As of 5am AST (10am BST), Dorian was located 260 miles east-northeast of the southeastern Bahamas and about 530 miles east of the northwestern Bahamas.

The government of the Bahamas has issued a Hurricane Watch for the northwestern Bahamas.

That means hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area in the next 48 hours.

NOAA warns of risk of life-threatening storm surge and hurricane-force winds this weekend, which has continued to increase.

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Residents should begin to execute their hurricane plans and listen to advice given by local emergency officials.

Maximum sustained winds are near 105mph with higher gusts and strengthening is forecast during the next few days.

NOAA’s latest advisory reads: “Dorian’s heading is very gradually turning toward the left, with the latest estimate northwestward, or 320 degrees at 10 kt.

“Dorian is now being steered between a mid-tropospheric high centered near Bermuda and a mid-/upper-level low located over the Bahamas.

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“The high is expected to expand westward, with a blocking ridge becoming established over the western Atlantic during the next several days.

“With the exception of COAMPS-TC and HMON, the other reliable models are in excellent agreement through day 3, with Dorian turning westward south of the ridge and moving near or over the northernmost islands in the Bahamas Sunday and Monday.”

The risk of devastating hurricane-force winds along the Florida east coast and peninsula early next week has also increased, although it is too soon to determine where the strongest winds will occur.

Residents should have their hurricane plan in place, know if they are in a hurricane evacuation zone, and listen to advice given by local emergency officials.

Regardless of the exact track of Dorian, heavy rains are expected to occur over portions of the Bahamas, Florida, and elsewhere in the southeastern US this weekend and into the middle of next week.

Should Hurricane Dorian directly hit Florida’s east coast it would be the first since the devastating Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35km) from the centre, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165km).

Swells are likely to begin affecting the east-facing shores of the Bahamas and the southeastern US coast during the next few days.

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