Published: Mon, September 02, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Hurricane Dorian Ties ‘Strongest Atlantic Hurricane Landfall on Record,’ NHC Says

Hurricane Dorian Ties ‘Strongest Atlantic Hurricane Landfall on Record,’ NHC Says

When the Category 5 hurricane made landfall on Great Abaco Island, east of Miami, on Sunday at 2 p.m., Dorian's maximum sustained winds were 185 miles per hour - an Atlantic hurricane record matched only by a storm that struck the Florida Keys in 1935, the National Hurricane Center said.

"Everything we see is showing it getting stronger and larger", the NHC's Eric Blake warned in a briefing Sunday morning.

Dorian slow speed means it is expected to sit over the Bahamas for 24 hours, beginning at 14:00 EDT (19:00 BST) on Sunday.

"You're talking a major hurricane over the Bahamas for 30 hours plus", warned the hurricane center's director, Ken Graham, calling it a "very treacherous, very unsafe, life-threatening situation" for the islands.

"This will pose a serious threat to both life and property across much of the northern Bahamas", Buckingham said.

The eye of the Catergory 5 hurricane is about to hit the island of Great Abaco in the northern Bahamas. Even a glancing blow from one of the strongest storms ever to menace Florida could bring torrential rains and damaging winds, and "a Florida landfall is still a distinct possibility", the Miami-based NHC warned.

In the center of Hurricane Dorian, the eye of the storm reveals just how powerful it is.

Millions of people from Florida to North Carolina were bracing to see whether Dorian avoids a US landfall and veers north into the Atlantic Ocean.

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Dorian has continued to strengthen, increasing to a Category 5 storm Sunday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The hurricane upended some Labor Day holiday weekend plans in the US: Major airlines allowed travelers to change reservations without fees, big cruise lines rerouted their ships and Cumberland Island National Seashore off Georgia closed to visitors.

A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued by the NHC and is in place for a 116-mile (187km) stretch of Florida beach, from Deerfield Beach to Sebastian Inlet.

Hurricane Dorian reached "catastrophic levels" on Sunday and is predicted to turn north, heading towards Florida's east coast on Monday.

Forecasters expect Dorian to curve northward after hitting the Bahamas. He noted the ocean is quite deep near where he's staying, and there's a cay that provides protection, so he doesn't expect significant storm surge.

Trump has declared a federal state of emergency in Florida, authorizing USA assistance to supplement state and local efforts.

"The winds are howling like we've never, ever experienced before", said Mills, 59, who planned to ride out the hurricane with his family in the concrete home he built 41 years ago in central Abaco. "If you live in a county with evacuation orders, please heed the call".

Irrespective of the exact track, beach erosion, rough surf, rip currents and at least minor coastal flooding will become a concern by the middle of the week at the beaches.

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