NOAA’s National Hurricane Center has released their 2am (EDT) update for Hurricane Dorian. With maximum sustained winds of 175mph, Dorian is about 40 miles east of Freeport Grand Bahama Island. Dorian is thought to be 125 miles east of West Palm Beach in Florida.
In a recent update, the NHC said Hurricane Dorian will move “dangerously close to the Florida east coast” tonight through Wednesday evening.
On Dorian’s outlook, the NHC said: “At 200 AM EDT (0600 UTC), the center of Hurricane Dorian was located by an Air Force Reserve Unit Hurricane Hunter aircraft and NOAA Doppler radar near latitude 26.6 North, longitude 78.1 West.
“Dorian is moving toward the west near 5 mph (7 km/h).
“A slower westward to west-northwestward motion is forecast during the next day or so, followed by a gradual turn toward the northwest and north.
“On this track, the core of extremely dangerous Hurricane Dorian will continue to pound Grand Bahama Island through much of today and tonight.
“The hurricane will move dangerously close to the Florida east coast tonight through Wednesday evening.”
Hurricane Dorian is the second-strongest Atlantic storm on record, previously holding maximum sustained wind speeds of 185mph as it made landfall on the Abaco Islands yesterday.
The NHC warns “slow weakening is forecast”, but fluctuations in intensity could stil occur over the next few days and Dorian is expected to remain powerful.
According to reports from CNN, Hurricane Dorian has caused “catastrophic damage” on several islands in the Bahamas.
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According to local press reports, Hurricane Dorian has claimed its first life.
Reportedly a seven-year-old boy from the Abaco Islands has tragically died, and his sister is thought to still be missing.
A number of watches and warnings are currently in place, but no changes have been made with this advisory.
The NHC is warning of a number of hazards affecting the area.
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The NHC said: “Catastrophic hurricane conditions continue on Grand Bahama Island.
“Do not venture out into the eye, as winds will suddenly increase after the eye passes.
“Hurricane conditions are expected within the Hurricane Warning area in Florida by late tonight or Tuesday.
“Tropical storm conditions are expected within the Tropical Storm warning area today and Tuesday, and are possible in the Tropical Storm watch area by tonight.”
The next public advisory is due to be released at 5am EDT.
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