Hurricane Dorian Monday 5PM National Hurricane Center Update

Hurricane Dorian continues to pound on the Bahamas after tearing through the Abacos earlier in the weekend.

The storm has stalled completely over the top of Grand Bahamas island, the worst possible scenario for them.

Hurricane Dorian is still a Cat 4 storm with sustained winds of 145 mph and no forward movement.

From the National Hurricane Center:

The Storm Surge Warning has been extended northward to Altamaha Sound Georgia.

The Hurricane Warning has been extended northward to Ponte Vedra Beach Florida.

The Storm Surge Watch and Hurricane Watch have been extended northward to South Santee River South Carolina.

Storm Location and Future Tracking

At 500 PM EDT (2100 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Dorian was located near latitude 26.8 North, longitude 78.4 West. Dorian has become nearly stationary this afternoon. A slow westward to west-northwestward motion is expected to resume overnight and continue into early Tuesday. A turn toward the northwest is forecast by late Tuesday, with a northeastward motion forecast to begin by Wednesday night. On this track, the core of extremely dangerous Hurricane Dorian will continue to pound Grand Bahama Island into Tuesday morning. The hurricane will then move dangerously close to the Florida east coast late Tuesday through Wednesday evening and then move dangerously close to the Georgia and South Carolina coasts on Wednesday night and Thursday.

An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft has found that maximum sustained winds are near 145 mph (230 km/h) with higher gusts. Dorian is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Although gradual weakening is forecast, Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during the next couple of days.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 150 miles. Sustained winds of 55 mph with a gust to 69 mph was recently reported at a NOAA Coastal Marine observing site at Settlement Point on the west end of Grand Bahama Island. A wind gust of 43 mph as reported at Opa Locka Airport near Miami earlier this afternoon.

The latest minimum central pressure reported by an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is 940 mb (27.76 inches).

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