Hurricane Dorian Nears Category 5 with 150 MPH Winds, Florida May Avoid Direct Hit

By Paul Riegler on 31 August 2019
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A ferry boat crossing the Savannah River

A ferry boat crossing the Savannah River

Hurricane Dorian is now boasting maximum sustained winds of 150 mph (241 km/h), the National Hurricane Center reported in its 11 a.m. EDT advisory.

The latest data means that the storm’s wind strength is 7 mph (11 km/h) shy of Category 5 speeds. A Category 5 hurricane has minimum sustained winds of 157 mph (253 km/h).

While the storm is stronger, it is also moving more slowly.  The latest advisory said it’s now heading west at just 8 mph (13 km/h) towards the northwestern Bahamas, where it is expected to make landfall with catastrophic consequences as early as late Saturday.

“Dorian’s Fury Aiming for the Northwestern Bahamas,” the center said in a tweet.

The Bahamas prime minister, Hubert Minnis, issued a statement telling residents they were risking their lives if they didn’t evacuate.

“Do not be foolish and try to brave out this hurricane,” he said.  “The price you may pay for not evacuating is your life.”

The latest advisory also shows a range of possible landfall sites, ranging from the east coast of Florida to the Carolinas.  Forecasters believe that Dorian could continue up the U.S. coastline to the Carolinas, expanding the area that could be devastated by the storm.

States of emergency have been declared in Georgia and the Carolinas and officials there were urging residents to prepare for the worst. South Georgia was devastated by Hurricane Michael last year and by Hurricane Irma in 2017.

“Given the strength and unpredictability of the storm, we must prepare for every possible scenario,” said South Carolina’s governor, Henry McMaster, in issuing an executive order declaring a state of emergency for his state.

Residents along the East Coast of the United States should monitor the storm’s progress closely.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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