Hurricane Dorian Has Officialy Reached a Category 5 Status
Hurricane Dorian continues to wreak havoc and has now officially escalated to a Category 5 hurricane, the strongest category on the scale.
The news was shared by the National Hurricane Center earlier on Sunday while the storm closed in on the Bahamas. Given its new status, experts have revealed that it has broken a record.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Dorian is the "strongest hurricane in modern record for the northwest Bahamas," and people should be aware of it.
NEW: #Dorian is now a category 5 #hurricane with 160 mph sustained winds. The eyewall of this catastrophic hurricane is about to hit the Abaco Islands with devastating winds. Next advisory: https://t.co/tW4KeFW0gB pic.twitter.com/oFspgN0XbT— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 1, 2019
A CHANGE OF COURSE
It has been reported that the storm is expected to hit Grand Bahama Island later on Sunday after bringing devastating winds of around 180 mph to the Abaco Islands.
Initially, forecasters believed that the hurricane was on its way to hit Florida but it changed course on Saturday, threatening the Carolinas and Georgia.
We @WCKitchen are 80 miles from #HurricaneDorian eye & feeling this!! Imagine what the people of Abaco+Grand Bahamas will experience! Bahamas @opmthebahamas Goverment will need major help! @ClintonGlobal @RedCross @TeamRubicon ...Florida should also get ready for major winds! pic.twitter.com/lIa9ghhUdk— Please wear a mask! Do it for the World please... (@chefjoseandres) September 1, 2019
PREPARATION IS KEY
Dorian, which was around 205 miles east of West Palm Beach at 11 a.m., will continue to move towards the Florida East coast late Monday through Tuesday night.
Ron DeSantis, the Governor of Florida, told Floridians to prepare for the storm, reminding everyone that major flooding events are still a big concern even if the state isn't directly hit by Dorian.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The hurricane is reportedly forecast to slow down and head north as it gets closer to the coast, but people should still be ready to face the possibility of dangerous hurricane-force winds in some parts of Florida.
It is known that several counties, such as Orange and Flagler, have already encouraged their residents to evacuate their homes or, at least, prepare for the catastrophic conditions that the strong winds and rain might bring.
Here are the latest Key Messages on Hurricane #Dorian. Storm surge and hurricane watches have been issued for portions of the Florida east coast. The latest full advisory is available at https://t.co/tW4KeFW0gB pic.twitter.com/d6VjAX38lA— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 1, 2019
NBC News meteorologist Steven Strouss claimed that, even though landfall may not occur, East coast Florida residents should be prepared "to be without power for several days or possibly longer."