Dorian strengthened into a hurricane Wednesday afternoon as it lashed the British and US Virgin Islands and neared eastern Puerto Rico, threatening floods and landslides in some areas that were hard hit two years ago by Hurricane Maria.
The storm’s center was near the island of St. Thomas around 2 p.m. ET, with maximum sustained winds of around 75 mph, just above minimum hurricane strength, the National Hurricane Center said.
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- Hurricane Dorian is expected to skirt the Florida and Georgia coasts overnight Tuesday into Wednesday, then move northward to threaten the South and North Carolina coasts later in the week, the National Hurricane Center said.
- Hurricane Dorian will move “dangerously close” to Florida overnight Tuesday, but the Category 2 storm is not currently expected to make landfall in the US over the next few days.
- Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis says at least five people have died in the Abaco Islands as Hurricane Dorian continues to pound the region as a Category 4 storm.
- The strongest storm ever to hit the Bahamas has pulverized houses and left countless residents homeless. As the storm crawls over the islands, forecasters say it will move “dangerously close” to Florida later tonight, and millions of Americans are under mandatory evacuation orders.
- Hurricane Dorian, while continuing to batter the Bahamas on Monday with life-threatening winds and storm surge, has weakened very slightly to a Category 4 storm.
- The National Hurricane Center in Miami said in an advisory at 11 a.m. EDT that Dorian’s maximum sustained winds are 155 mph (250 kph), which takes the extremely dangerous storm down one notch, from Category 5.
- The U.S. National Hurricane Center says a hurricane warning has been issued for a stretch of Florida’s east coast as powerful Hurricane Dorian approaches. The Miami-based center says the hurricane warning covers an area from Jupiter Inlet to the Volusia/Brevard County line in Florida. It says a hurricane watch has also been used from Voluisa/Brevard Countyline to the Flagler-Volusia county line.
- Hurricane Dorian struck the northern Bahamas on Sunday as a catastrophic Category 5 storm, its record 185 mph winds ripping off roofs and tearing down power lines as hundreds hunkered in schools, churches and other shelters. Dorian hit land in Elbow Cay in the Abaco Islands at 12:40 p.m., and then made a second landfall near Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco Island at 2 p.m., after authorities made last-minute pleas for those in low-lying areas to evacuate.
- With gusts over 220 mph, Dorian was moving west at 7 mph (11 kph). “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’s almost 180-mph sustained winds are bringing “catastrophic conditions” to the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas, the National Hurricane Center said, calling it possibly the strongest hurricane to hit the Bahamas in modern history.
- With gusts over 200 mph, Dorian has become “the strongest hurricane in modern records for the northwestern Bahamas,” the center said. Forecasters predict the Category 5 storm will remain over the Bahamas into Monday.
- With Hurricane Dorian, now officially a Category 5 storm, forecast to hit the northern Bahamas in full force Sunday and linger there, experts say now is the time to make decisions to save lives.
- Hurricane Dorian is set to pummel the northern Bahamas this weekend with potentially catastrophic wind and storm surge, hovering over the region for at least a day.
- The National Hurricane Center issued tropical storm watches Saturday for parts of coastal Florida as the Category 4 hurricane headed toward the United States, threatening the coastal Southeast, from Florida to North Carolina, next week.
- Gov. Henry McMaster has declared a state of emergency in South Carolina after the latest forecast for Hurricane Dorian increased the threat to the state.
- The emergency declaration makes it easier to get federal help and let state agencies coordinate possible evacuations or other preparations.
- Hurricane Dorian bore down on the Bahamas as a fierce Category 4 storm Saturday, with new projections showing it curving upward enough to potentially spare Florida a direct hit but still threatening parts of the Southeast U.S. with powerful winds and rising ocean water that causes what can be deadly flooding.
Hurricane Dorian is now a Category 4 storm and is still gathering strength as it moves toward Florida, where it could make landfall as soon as late Monday.
All of Florida is under a state of emergency and authorities are urging residents to stockpile a week’s worth of food and supplies before landfall.
- Dorian was moving over the Atlantic as a Category 2 storm early Friday with sustained winds of 105 mph. By evening, it is forecast to strengthen to a Category 3 storm before heading to the Bahamas on Sunday.
- Along Florida’s east coast, local governments began distributing sandbags, shoppers rushed to stock up on food, plywood and other emergency supplies at supermarkets and hardware stores, and motorists topped off their tanks and filled gasoline cans. Some fuel shortages were reported in the Cape Canaveral area.
- If Dorian makes landfall as a Category 4 storm on Monday as forecast, with sustained winds of around 130 mph, it will be the strongest hurricane to strike Florida’s East Coast since Andrew in 1992, according to CNN Meteorologist Brandon Miller.
- It will also be the fourth year in a row of a hurricane of any strength hitting Florida, the most years in a row since the 1940s.
- Florida residents picked the shelves clean of bottled water and lined up at gas stations Thursday as an increasingly menacing-looking Hurricane Dorian threatened to broadside the state over Labor Day weekend.
- The National Hurricane Center said the Category 1 storm is expected to strengthen into a potentially catastrophic Cat 4 with winds of 130 mph (209 kph) and slam into the U.S. on Monday somewhere between the Florida Keys and southern Georgia — a 500-mile stretch that reflected the high degree of uncertainty this far out.
- Dorian was located 150 miles north of San Juan, Puerto Rico, according to the National Weather Service. The storm, with maximum sustained winds at 85 mph, is moving NW and is expected to intensify over the open water of the Atlantic Ocean. Maximum winds may reach 125 mph by Sunday afternoon.
- Dorian will approach the Florida east coast and may make landfall early Monday morning as a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale.
- At 8 p.m., Hurricane Dorian was located 60 miles NNW of San Juan, Puerto Rico, according to the National Weather Service. Maximum winds were at 80 mph and gradual strengthening is expected the next few days as Dorian continues to track over the Atlantic. Dangerous winds and heavy rain will continue in the Virgin Islands, Culbera, Vieques and portions of Puerto Rico. There could be flash flooding through Thursday morning.
- Dorian strengthened into a hurricane Wednesday afternoon as it lashed the British and US Virgin Islands and neared eastern Puerto Rico, threatening floods and landslides in some areas that were hard hit two years ago by Hurricane Maria.
- Once Tropical Storm Dorian is done potentially thrashing Puerto Rico, southeastern US states could get lashed on Labor Day weekend. The powerful storm — which keeps getting stronger — could strike Florida or Georgia as a Category 3 hurricane by Monday, forecasters said.
- Dorian is currently in the Caribbean Sea, just west of Guadeloupe and Montserrat and is expected to reach Puerto Rico at near hurricane strength in the midday or afternoon. The rainfall Dorian is expected to bring may cause life-threatening flash floods, the National Hurricane Center said.