- Dorian is beginning a Category 5 siege in the northwest Bahamas.
- A life-threatening storm surge of up to 20 feet is possible there.
- Wind gusts of over 200 mph are possible in parts of the northwest Bahamas.
- A tropical storm warning has been issued for a part of Florida’s east coast.
- Dorian is a threat for the Southeast from Florida to North Carolina this week.
- What part of the coast experiences hurricane conditions remains uncertain, dependent on the exact track.
- Residents along the Southeast coast should have their hurricane plans ready and monitor Dorian closely.
Hurricane Dorian has intensified into a rare Category 5 hurricane as it begins a catastrophic strike on the northwest Bahamas. The dangerous hurricane is still a threat to Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and southeast Virginia.
Dorian’s eye is only about 25 miles east of Great Abaco Island in the northwest Bahamas, moving west at 5 to 10 mph. Maximum sustained winds have increased to 175 mph, the highest for any Atlantic hurricane since Maria in 2017.
Dorian was upgraded to Category 5 status Sunday morning after an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter mission confirmed winds had increased above 157 mph.
After the Category 5 upgrade, a dropsonde deployed from a Hurricane Hunter aircraft measured a wind gust of 202 mph in Dorian’s eyewall.
A separate mission overnight Saturday night documented frequent lightning in its eyewall thunderstorms.