This graphic shows the areas potentially being affected by the sustained winds of tropical storm force (in orange) and hurricane force (in red). Dorian, Cat 5 storm | maximum sustain winds of 185mph |Higher gusts of 229 mph (National Hurricane Center)
Hurricane Dorian is the first major hurricane of the present Atlantic hurricane season. As 2019 continues to be a phenomenal year with weather records being broken. It’s day 93 of the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season, and today sees, Hurricane Dorian, making landfall on Central Abaco in Northern Bahamas.
In it’s 2pm Hurricane Dorian Intermediate Advisory, the National Hurricane Center NHC says that the ” eye of catastrophic Hurricane Dorian is over the Abacos Islands in the Bahamas and is heading for Grand Bahama.
According to the release, ‘Dorian’ is is packing maximum sustained winds of 185 mph (298 km/h). Hurricane-force winds extend from the center for 45 miles (75km) and tropical -storm-force winds extend a further 140 miles (220km)
As ‘Dorian’ approached the Bahamas, the prime minster of the Commonwealth of Bahamas, Dr Hubert Minnis made several passionate appeals for residents and citizens living in low-lying areas in the North Bahamas to evacuate the area to protect life.
HISTORIC and CATASTROPHIC
The Washington Post of ‘Dorian ‘says, that it is the 2nd-strongest on record in the Atlantic. ‘Dorian’ it said is in the league of the likes of Hurricane Allen of 1990.
Dorian on its present movement is expected to to dwindle some 48 hours over the Bahamas. Besides catastrophic winds, the system is expected to dump some 12 to 24 inches of rain in Northwestern Bahamas and 15 inches in Central Bahamas. Life-threatening surge of 18 – 23 feet above normal tide levels and higher destructive waves will cause EXTREME DESTRUCTION IN THE AFFECTED AREAS according to the NHC.