Published On: Mon, Sep 2nd, 2019

Hurricane Dorian path: Latest track update shows US states being hit – more than forecast | World | News


Hurricane Dorian smashed into the Caribbean islands of Bahamas on Sunday, causing severe flooding and torn roofs from buildings. The deadly storm whipped out winds of 185mph as it hit the islands and life-threatening storm surge of 23ft is predicted in places. Dorian has since weakened but is still considered a major Category 5 hurricane on the five-step Saffir Simpson wind scale with its 170mph winds.

Dorian’s powerful winds make it the second-strongest Atlantic hurricane on record, only beaten by Hurricane Allen in 1980 who had maximum sustained winds of 190 mph.

Hurricane Dorian has inflicted “catastrophic damage” on several islands in the Bahamas, the Hope Town Volunteer Fire & Rescue said in a statement on Facebook.

NOAA has urged residents on Grand Bahama Island not to leave their shelter when the eye passes over, as winds will rapidly increase on the other side of the eye.

Residents in the Abacos should continue to stay in their shelter until conditions subside later today.

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Computer models now forecast several possible paths for the hurricane — some further west and some further east.

The path will be key to the extent of damage inflicted on Florida and other southern US states.

The US states of Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina have all declared states of emergency.

In NOAA’s latest advisory, multiple watches and warnings have been issued.

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A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for Lantana to the Volusia/Brevard County Line while a Storm Surge Watch has been issued for North of Deerfield Beach to south of Lantana and Volusia/Brevard County Line to the Mouth of the St Mary’s River.

A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, during the next 36 hours in the indicated locations.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Northwestern Bahamas excluding Andros Island and Jupiter Inlet to the Volusia/Brevard County Line.

In the meantime, a Hurricane Watch is in effect for Andros Island, North of Deerfield Beach to Jupiter Inlet and Volusia/Brevard County Line to the Mouth of the St Mary’s River

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for North of Deerfield Beach to Jupiter Inlet and a Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for North of Golden Beach to Deerfield Beach and Lake Okeechobee.

Dorian is currently heading westwards at 5mph and is forecast to make a gradual turn north-west, taking it along the eastern US seaboard.

President Donald Trump cancelled a planned trip to Poland last week and has met emergency management officials.

He told reporters on Sunday that the storm “looks monstrous” and the US east coast would “be ultimately impacted and some of it very, very severely”.

Hurricane Dorian is still battering the Abaco and Grand Bahama Islands and is forecast to lash the through much of Monday.

It’s expected to reach Florida’s east coast late on Monday into Tuesday night.



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