Published On: Sun, Sep 1st, 2019

Hurricane Dorian NOAA 8am update: Dorian now ‘catastrophic’ Category 5 hurricane | World | News

According to NOAA’s 8am EDT (1pm BST) update, Hurricane Dorian is now a catastrophic Category 5 hurricane, the strongest category a hurricane can be. 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.

“Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas.

“Power outages will last for weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.”

Devastating hurricane conditions are expected in the Abacos Islands very soon and these conditions will spread across Grand Bahama Island later today.

Tropical storm conditions are expected within the tropical storm warning area on Monday. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the tropical storm watch area by Monday night.

Current Hurricane and Tropical storm watches and warnings

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the Northwestern Bahamas excluding Andros Island

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Andros Island

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for North of Deerfield Beach to Sebastian Inlet

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for North of Golden Beach to Deerfield Beach

The Bahamas will be hit by devastating winds, heavy rain and storm surge today, and Dorian is expected to stall over the islands for approximately 24hours.

At a press conference on Saturday, Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis issued an evacuation order for parts of Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands, both in the north of the archipelago.

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. 

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