Published On: Fri, Aug 30th, 2019

Hurricane Dorian track LIVE: ‘Extremely dangerous’ storm to intensify as it hits Florida | World | News

The fourth named storm of the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season, Dorian is intensifying as it tracks through the open water of the Atlantic Ocean. A state of emergency has been declared in Florida, and shelves in coastal shops are being stripped as residents prepare for Dorian to make landfall. Ken Graham, director of the National Hurricane Center, told CNN: “People have got to be ready before Sunday.” Below are the latest updates, warnings and path of Hurricane Dorian, all times in BST.

7.59am update: The Saffir Simpson Hurricane Scale

Category 1 hurricane – Wind speeds of 74-95 mph (64-82 kt or 119-153 km/hr), very dangerous winds will produce some damage

Category 2 hurricane – Wind speeds of 96-110 mph (83-95 kt or 154-177 km/hr), extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage

Category 3 hurricane – Wind speeds of 111-129 mph (96-112 kt or 178-208 km/hr), devastating damage will occur

Category 4 hurricane – Wind speeds of 130-156 mph (113-136 kt or 209-251 km/hr), catastrophic damage will occur

Category 5 hurricane – Wind speeds of 157 mph or higher (137 kt or higher or 252 km/hr or higher), catastrophic damage will occur

7.37am update: Dorian could be the strongest hurricane to hit Florida’s east coast since hurricane Andrew

With meteorologists forecasting significant strengthening as Dorian tracks through the Atlantic Ocean, there is the potential for it to become the strongest hurricane to hit Florida’s east coast in almost three decades.

Hurricane Andrew smashed the east coast of Florida in 1992, and should Dorian make landfall as a Category 4 hurricane, it would be stronger than Andrew.

7.02am update: Latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center (NHC)

As of their 11pm AST (5am BST) update, the NHC placed hurricane Dorian around 295miles east-northeast of the southeastern Bahamas, and around 580 miles east of the northwestern Bahamas.

Maximum sustained winds are being recorded as 105mph, with Dorian forecast to become a major hurricane by Friday night.

Dorian is moving toward the northwest near 12 mph, and this general motion is expected to continue through Friday.

On its current track, Dorian should move over the Atlantic well east of the southeastern and central Bahamas tonight and on Friday, approach the northwestern Bahamas Saturday, and move near or over portions of the northwest Bahamas on Sunday.

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