Published On: Sun, Sep 1st, 2019

Hurricane Dorian: Intensifying storm on ‘erratic’ path as eye of hurricane expands | World | News

Hurricane Dorian is now a “catastrophic” Category 5 hurricane, the strongest category a hurricane can be, according to NOAA’s 8am EDT (1pm BST) update. CNN meteorologist warned the hurricane is to make landfall in the Bahamas, in latest updates, and is “still intensifying”. A CNN presenter began: “Dorian now will has officially upgraded to a category 5 hurricane and on an erratic path.

“It poses a threat from Florida all the way up to the Carolinas, forcing many cities along its path to begin putting emergency plans in pace.

“I want to go to CNN meteorologist Alison Chinchar. Alison the Bahamas will feel Dorian first, when do you expect landfall?”

CNN’s Ms Chinchar replied: “Imminently, and I would like to point out that the National Hurricane Center in the latest update they just gave referred to this as a ‘catastrophic landfall’ for the Bahamas.

“And we’re not just talking the winds although yes those have increased up around 160mph, gusting even higher up around 185mph. But the storm surge is going to be a he factor for a lot of these islands. 15, if not even potentially as high as 20 feet.

“The eye of the hurricane has also expanded a little bit as well. This is concerning because this just goes to show that the storm is still intensifying. We do expect that this will maintain major hurricane as it continues its track off to the west.

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“It is still headed towards Florida, more of Florida was added back into the cone of uncertainty this morning which has been removed partially yesterday.

“So Florida, Omanu, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina are all still in the potential for a landfall from this storm over the next couple of days.”

Maximum sustained wind speeds have been registered as 160mph, and is described by the NHC as “extremely dangerous”.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles (45 km) from the centre, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km).

According to the NOAA website, a Category 5 hurricane is described as: “catastrophic damage will occur: A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse.

Prime Minister Hubert Minnis of the Bahamas has urged residents to evacuate areas most at risk, saying that “homes, houses, structures can be replaced”. He added: “Lives cannot be replaced.”

Mr Minnis pleaded residents to travel to the main island to escape the “devastating, dangerous storm”. He added 73,000 people and 21,000 homes were at risk.

The NHC warns of a “prolonged period of life-threatening storm surge, devastating hurricane-force winds, and heavy rains capable of producing life-threatening flash floods for the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama through Monday, and a hurricane warning is in effect for these areas.

“A tropical storm warning is now in effect for a portion of the Florida east coast. Since Dorian is forecast to slow down and turn northward as it approaches the coast, life-threatening storm surge and dangerous hurricane-force winds are still possible along portions of the Florida east coast by the middle part of this week.

“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.

“There is an increasing risk of strong winds and dangerous storm surge along the coasts of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina later this week. Residents in these areas should continue to monitor the progress of Dorian.

“Heavy rains, capable of producing life-threatening flash floods, are possible over coastal sections of the southeast and lower mid-Atlantic regions of the United States through late this week.”

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