Published On: Sat, Aug 31st, 2019

Hurricane Dorian NOAA 8am update: Dorian grows even STRONGER as it approaches Bahamas | World | News

Hurricane Dorian has intensified yet again and is now measuring wind speeds of 145mph – firmly staying within Category 4 status as it heads towards the Bahamas. Prime minister of the Bahamas Hubert Minnis warned his residents not to be “foolish” saying “the price you may pay for not evacuating is your life.” Dorian is the fourth hurricane of Atlantic Hurricane season, and is causing concern for residents in the Bahamas and along the US east coast as it tracks through the Atlantic Ocean.

At 8am EDT (1pm BST), the distinct eye of Hurricane Dorian was located near latitude 25.8 North, longitude 73.0 West. Dorian is now moving toward the west near 12 mph (19 km/h).

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 be near the Florida east coast late Monday.

Data from a NOAA Hurricane Hunter plane indicate that the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 145 mph (225 km/h) with higher gusts.

Read More: Hurricane Dorian path map: Latest euro model, NOAA charts and GFS

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

While some fluctuations in intensity are possible, but Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during the next few days.

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).

Dorian’s forecast track has shifted to the east, and according to the NHC no longer shows Dorian making landfall in Florida.

Read More: Hurricane Dorian NOAA 5am update: ‘Catastrophic’ hurricane strengthens

Landfall is now expected later this week in parts of the Carolinas, however, Floridians should still prepare as there here are still multiple forecast models that show Dorian making landfall in Florida. 

The Bahamas remain in Dorian’s sights, and Basil Dean, Deputy Director of Bahamas Department of Meteorology, told CNN the northernmost island of Grand Bahama will start to experience storm winds as early as 4am local time. 

Mr Dean said from 4am “onwards, things will go downhill as the hurricane-force winds are expected to follow.

“The storm surge is going to be a major factor, heavy rainfalls. And with this system slowing down as it is forecast to do, will certainly add to the rainfall accumulation on those islands, which can be as much as 15 inches of rainfall.

“And when you dump on that about up to 15 feet of storm surge, flooding will certainly be a major factor along the coast of these islands.”

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