Sunday, 22 September, 2019

Hurricane Dorian tears roofs from buildings as it makes landfall in Bahamas

The sounds of hammers and cash registers echoed across the Bahamas on Friday as the archipelago that lies just southeast of Florida rushed to prepare for Hurricane Dorian Bahamas brace for impact as Hurricane Dorian closes in
Sandra Phillips | 02 September, 2019, 14:29

The eye of the Category 5 hurricane was still 25 miles (40 kilometers) from the Abaco Islands, but the slow-moving hurricane's core was expected to move directly over Great Abaco, and possibly also Grand Bahama Island later Sunday and Monday, US forecasters said.

"It is once again emphasized that although the official track forecast does not show landfall, users should not focus on the exact track".

"The storm, which is moving in a westerly direction with sustained winds of 180 miles an hour, is a risky category five hurricane, carrying the strongest winds in recorded history for the northwestern Bahamas", NASA said.

Dorian now holds a tied a historical record as the strongest hurricane to make landfall in the Atlantic basin with the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane.

"Alabama will NOT see any impacts from #Dorian".

A Hurricane Warning has been issued from Jupiter Inlet to the Volusia/Brevard County Line. By Sunday evening, the storm's eye was moving over Great Abaco and was headed west at just 5 miles per hour. "Dorian will slow to a crawl and may not emerge from the Bahamas until sometime Tuesday when it begins to move more to the north".

It's moving to the west at 8 miles per hour and is expected to strike Grand Bahama, the northernmost island in the archipelago, late Sunday or early Monday, forecasters say.

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States of emergency are in effect for all of Florida, North Carolina and SC.

According to WHS officials, these cats had already been in shelters, searching for homes, and their departure helped ensure Florida shelters would be better prepared to support any pets displaced by the storm.

SC and Georgia's governors ordered mandatory coastline evacuations beginning at noon on Labor Day and school and state office closings on Tuesday, as the historic hurricane took aim at the East Coast.

"North Carolina has endured flooding from two strong hurricanes in less than three years", he said in a statement. The order includes the entire city of St. Augustine, St. Augustine Beach and residents in waterfront properties or other flood-prone areas. Follow them on Twitter as they post live updates. Global News meteorologist Anthony Farnell said in his Sunday afternoon forecast.

Why isn't this a straight forward forecast? Exactly where (or if) it would hit the U.S. East Coast remained unclear Sunday.

This high-pressure system essentially controls the track of Hurricane Dorian and subtle position and strength changes in that high pressure system will result in slight shifts to Dorian's path. "That's the ultimate, and that's what we have unfortunately", he added, in reference to Hurricane Dorian. According to Air Force Hurricane Hunter data, Dorian will likely stay a powerful hurricane until later this week.

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