'Extremely Dangerous' Dorian Becomes Strongest Hurricane in Modern History for the Bahamas

Pablo Tucker
September 2, 2019

On this track, the core of extremely unsafe Hurricane Dorian will continue to pound Great Abaco and Grand Bahama islands overnight and through much of Monday.

"It's devastating", Joy Jibrilu from Bahamas' Ministry of Tourism & Aviation told reporters. "Luckily, no loss of life reported", she added.

The hurricane was approaching the eastern end of Grand Bahama island in the evening, forecasters said.

"The storm, which is moving in a westerly direction with sustained winds of 180 miles an hour, is a unsafe category five hurricane, carrying the strongest winds in recorded history for the northwestern Bahamas", NASA said. Dorian is expected to slowly move west over the next two days before turning northeast. The storm is predicted to ride along the Florida, Georgia and Carolina coasts, according to meteorologists.

"We can't make everybody happy", McMaster said.

Palm Beach County ordered a mandatory evacuation for the eastern half of the county as of 1pm on Sunday.

Shortly after Trump's warning, the Birmingham branch of the NWS tweeted out their own statement, confirming that Hurricane Dorian was "too far east" to make any landfall in Alabama. That storm did not make landfall.

"Catastrophic conditions" were reported in The Abaco Islands and the storm was expected to cross Grand Bahama later in the day "with all its fury", the center said.

Hurricane Dorian is a mercurial storm, one that was meant to hit Florida but shifted course.

There was little information from the affected islands, though officials expected many residents to be left homeless.

"This is probably the most sad and worst day of my life", he said, calling Dorian a "monster storm".

Earlier, Minnis had warned that anyone who did not evacuate was "in extreme danger and can expect a catastrophic effect". The government has opened 14 shelters across the Bahamas.

Still, dozens ignored evacuation orders, officials said, despite the danger. If you have your shutters up, it's recommended you keep them in place.

Lamattina-Davis, who's lived on the island for 25 years, said that power lines were down, auto alarms were blaring and people were "wailing".

Martin County Sheriff William Snyder also said during a press conference that "we are within 20 miles of an apocalyptic hurricane".

The storm also battered Grand Bahama island with high winds and torrential rainfall. Most came from Sweetings Cay. "They said evacuate, you have to evacuate". These fearless professionals fly a plane into the hurricane to gather data to help with forecasting the storm.

He said he battened down his house to spend the storm in a nearby duplex. He noted the ocean is quite deep near where he's staying, and there's a cay that provides protection, so he doesn't expect significant storm surge.

But that's just one point that forecasters have to choose to place the monstrous storm that packed 185 miles per hour winds on Sunday. This could bring catastrophic wind damage, dump more than 2 feet of rain, and cause a storm surge, which is the storm-driven rise in water above normally dry land at the coast, of at least 10 to 15 feet above normal tide levels. Floodwaters rushed through the streets of an unidentified town at almost the height of a auto roof according to a video Jibrilu and government spokesman Kevin Harris claim to be sourced from Abaco residents.

Authorities closed some airports in the outlying islands, but the main worldwide airport remains open on Sunday.

The Bahamas archipelago is frequently hit by hurricanes.

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In low-lying Marsh Harbour, the largest town in Abaco, witnesses observed the start of Dorian-related storm surges, with sea sprays increasing.

Once the storm finishes deluging the Bahamas it was expected to head toward Florida, where mandatory evacuation orders were issued.

Several highways will be suspending tolls to ease the evacuation efforts, the governor said. Some models forecast that it could stay for 24 hours or longer.

"It is emphasized that although the official track forecast does not show landfall, users should not focus on the exact track".

Global News meteorologist Anthony Farnell said in his Sunday afternoon forecast.

President Donald Trump already declared a state of emergency and was briefed about what he called a "monstrous" storm. "The big question is, where do we go from here?" North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned his state that it could see heavy rain, winds and floods later in the week.

However, three category 5 hurricanes have threatened the US since he took office, according to CNN. Disney World and Orlando's other resorts held off announcing any closings.

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