Sunday, 22 September, 2019

Monster Hurricane Dorian Continues Trek Toward Florida; No Local Impacts Expected

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Officials have opened nine hurricane shelters on Grand Bahama Island and 15 shelters on Abaco for people to stay during the hurricane.

Abaco and Grand Bahama are likely to see the worst of the conditions.

A woman walks along a beach before the arrival of Hurricane Dorian in Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, August 31, 2019.

A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Lake Okeechobee.

Government spokesman Kevin Harris said Dorian was expected to affect 73,000 residents and 21,000 homes.

"That could produce life-threatening storm surge and hurricane force winds", DeSantis said.

Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said the storm, which now has 180 miles per hour winds, is producing "catastrophic conditions" in the Abacos Islands as of 11 a.m. on September 1.

Hurricane Dorian is located 280 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida and is moving to the northwest at 8 mph (13 km/h).

"These hazards will cause extreme destruction in the affected areas", the center said, "and will continue for several hours".

The National Hurricane Center forecast models have the storm impacting the Carolinas but with the storm still several days away, it is still unknown just how severe that impact will be or if the storm will even make landfall in the U.S.

Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham says that would be catastrophic for the island chain. Maximum sustained winds are now at 160 miles per hour.

Graham says the storm stalling also complicates the USA forecast.

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The NHC has predicted that Dorian will move close to Florida's coast on Monday, Sept. 2.

The Bahamas is bracing for Hurricane Dorian, which strengthened into a category four storm over the weekend.

Our next forecast will be after 11:00 a.m. when we receive new information from the National Hurricane Center.

"We have been for the last few days asking all tourists to leave the island in anticipation of the hurricane", said Minister of State Kwasi Thompson for Grand Bahama. For Miami, the chance of tropical-storm force wind was raised to 58%. "When you're moving that slow, that's a lot of rain, that's a lot of prolonged winds". Hurricane/Tropical Storm Watches and Warnings as well as Storm Surge Watch are in effect from the Bahamas to the East Coast of Florida.

Some locations along the coast may receive up to 7 inches of rain due to Dorian and potentially up to 3 inches may be possible portions of central NC.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 180mph.

Jeffrey Allen, who lives in Freeport on Grand Bahama, said he had learned after several storms that sometimes predictions of damage don't materialize, but he still takes precautions.

Millions of USA coastal dwellers from Florida to the Carolinas are keeping a wary eye on Dorian's approach.

"On this track, the core of extremely unsafe Hurricane Dorian should be moving over Great Abaco soon, and continue near or over Grand Bahama Island later tonight and Monday", NHC officials said in the update.

Meanwhile, North Carolina authorities warned residents Dorian was heading their way.

Forecasters said they expected Dorian to shift eastwards around the middle of the week, putting the coasts of Georgia and SC at risk.

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