Published On: Sat, Aug 31st, 2019

Hurricane Dorian NOAA 11am update: Dorian strengthens with 150mph winds – Bahamas on alert | World | News

Hurricane Dorian is now just 6mph away from being classed as a Category 5 hurricane as it currently tracks towards the Northwestern Bahamas. The National Hurricane Center predicts Dorian is about 260 miles east-northeast of the Northwestern Bahamas. Dorian is also around 415 miles east from West Palm Beach in Florida. 

Hurricane Warnings are still in place for the Northwestern Bahamas, excluding Andros Island.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Andros Island. 

Data from NOAA and Air Force Hurricane Hunter planes indicate that Dorian’s maximum sustained winds have increased to near 150mph.

NOAA’s 8am update suggested Dorian was previously sustaining maximum wind speeds of 145mph. 

The NOAA 11am (EDT) public advisory said: “At 1100 AM EDT (1500 UTC), the distinct eye of Hurricane Dorian was located near latitude 26.0 North, longitude 73.4 West.

“Dorian is moving toward the west near 8 mph (13 km/h) and a slower westward motion should continue into early next week.

“On this track, the core of Dorian should move over the Atlantic well north of the southeastern and central Bahamas today, be near or over the northwestern Bahamas on Sunday, and move near the Florida east coast late Monday through Tuesday.”

NOAA adds: “Data from both NOAA and Air Force Hurricane Hunter planes indicate that the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 150 mph (240km/h) with higher gusts.

READ MORE: Hurricane Dorian LIVE: Dorian ‘extremely dangerous’ winds reach 150mph

“Dorian is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

“Some fluctuations in intensity are likely, but Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during the next few days.”

NOAA’s latest advisory warns of hazards affecting land.

In terms of wind, hurricane conditions are expected by Sunday in the hurricane warning area across the northwestern Bahamas, with tropical storm winds expected to start tonight.

A life-threatening storm surge will raise water levels by 10 to 15 feet above normal tide levels in areas of onshore winds in the northwestern Bahamas. 

The surge will bring “large and destructive” waves near the coast.

The advisory also warns of “life-threatening” flash floods and surf and rip current conditions.

The full advisory is available on NOAA’s website.

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