Dorian Strongest Hurricane To Hit Bahamas In Modern Times

WCBS 880 Newsroom
September 01, 2019 - 12:03 pm
Hurricane Dorian

National Hurricane Center


BAHAMAS (AP) -- The National Hurricane Center says the northwest Bahamas is facing its strongest hurricane in modern times as Hurricane Dorian's maximum sustained winds reach a monstrous 180 mph.

The Category 5 storm has also grown in size, with hurricane-force winds extending outward up to 45 miles from its center, located about 20 miles east-northeast of Great Abaco Island.

Dorian is moving west at 7 mph and is expected to slow in the next day or two, potentially prolonging the Bahamas' weather misery.

The Hurricane Center said in its 11 a.m. EDT advisory that Dorian was strafing the Abacos Islands with life-threatening storm surge, destructive waves, and extremely powerful winds. Those conditions were expected to reach Grand Bahama Island later Sunday.

The hurricane was expected to move toward the Florida east coast late Monday through Tuesday. The Hurricane Center also issued a hurricane watch and storm surge watch for the east coast of Florida from north of Deerfield Beach to the line between Volusia and Brevard counties.