Published On: Tue, Sep 3rd, 2019

Hurricane Dorian update: Where is Dorian now? Why is it going slowly? Will it hit Florida? | World | News

Hurricane Dorian is the second strongest Atlantic hurricane on record. The hurricane is also the second hurricane of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season and is the most powerful storm to have ever hit the Bahamas since records began. According to forecasters, Dorian is expected to move “dangerously close” to the US east coast later – but how strong will the forbidding storm be when it hits the country?

What is the latest on Hurricane Dorian?

According to the latest from the NOAA, Hurricane Dorian is currently located at latitude 26.9 north, longitude 78.4 west, which is approximately 30 miles northeast of Freeport, Grand Bahama Island and 100 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida.

The storm is current stationary, meaning that it is continuing to batter the Bahamas as it remains unmoving.

The recorded maximum sustained winds are 120mph having weakened from winds yesterday equivalent to a Category 5 meaning 157mph or higher.

With 120mph winds, the storm is currently a Category 4 storm, but it is anticipated that the storm will strengthen once again as it moves today.

Why is Dorian moving so slowly?

Hurricane Dorian is consistently battering the Bahamas where it currently remains stationary.

It has led to intense conditions in the Bahamas, where the storm has hit relentlessly, but according to meteorologists, this may mean the worst of the storm is spared from the US.

At 1am EDT (6am BST), the National Hurricane Center said: “Dorian won’t budge”.

It has been more than 24 hours since Dorian made landfall on Grand Bahama Island and it has not moved in more than 15 hours, meaning the same communities across the Bahamas have been thrashed by the deadly storm.

The reason for the lack of movement is that hurricanes are steered by upper level winds in the atmosphere and a high-pressure ridge which was steering the storm westward has now weakened.

This means Dorian is essentially waiting on another external force to help it along before it begins moving again.

Will Hurricane Dorian miss Florida?

According to the latest update from the NOAA: “On this track, the core of extremely dangerous Hurricane Dorian will continue to pound Grand Bahama Island today.

“The hurricane will then move dangerously close to the Florida east coast late today through Wednesday evening, very near the Georgia and South Carolina coasts Wednesday night and Thursday, and near or over the North Carolina coast late Thursday.”

Dorian is currently 100 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida, and could get even closer once it starts moving again.

But it is possible Dorian will skip Florida altogether?

Millions across Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas have been ordered to evacuate.

According to the latest forecasts, Hurricane Dorian is expected to reach around 80 miles east of Florida, before it begins moving northwards.

Currently the hurricane force winds can extend outward 45mph, and tropical storm force winds can extend out 150mph, which could devastate the coastline and cut power in the Florida peninsula.

However, it appears unlikely now that Dorian will make landfall in Florida, instead getting “dangerously close to the coast” later today through Wednesday night and Thursday.

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