Hurricane Dorian keeps pounding north Bahamas

Federico Mansilla
Setiembre 11, 2019

The storm's glacial pace will result in even more devastation, meteorologists say.

It was tied with Gilbert (1988), Wilma (2005) and the 1935 Labor Day hurricane for the second-strongest Atlantic hurricane on record, based on maximum sustained winds.

Officials in the Bahamas say they are getting "reports of bodies being seen" Monday as slow-moving Hurricane Dorian continues to wreak havoc on the island nation, forcing first responders and residents to take cover amidst sustained wind gusts of 155 miles per hour. In part, that's because it's moving so slowly.

For those in Hurricane Dorian's path, that's a big cause for concern.

With the center possibility moving over land in the Carolinas they will be the ones to see the most impacts with the possibility for heavy rains between 6-12 inches, wind gusts between 60-100 miles per hour and a storm surge of 3-6 feet.

What's slowing Dorian down? Homes are required to have metal reinforcements for roof beams to withstand winds into the upper limits of a Category 4 hurricane, and compliance is generally tight for those who can afford it. Risks are higher in poorer neighbourhoods, with wooden homes in low-lying areas.

On top of flooding from rain, "catastrophic storm surge flooding" was likely, forecasters said.

"We're holding strong", the minister said.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami warned of a possible storm surge that could push destructive waves higher than many roofs in the islands.

Inundation, the most severe of all hurricane effects to coastal areas, is forecast for 9 percent of Georgia and North Carolina beaches.

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The Bahamas are being hit with winds of up to 200mph and tides have risen to around 23 feet above ordinary levels, the National Hurricane Center said today.

Disney Cruise Line later added to the statement, "We are in regular contact with island leadership, who is making sure our crew is well taken care of in our storm shelter, which is designed for these types of situations and has restrooms, power and is well stocked with food and water".

Sand pours onto a road near the beach during the approach of Hurricane Dorian on September 1, 2019 in Nassau, Bahamas.

People leave Sweetings Cay, Grand Bahama, on Saturday due to the danger of floods ahead of the arrival of Dorian.

Dorian is now slowly crawling northwest from the Bahamas towards the U.S. It could make landfall on the Florida coast as early as Tuesday, though may also remain out at sea and move north up the coast. (Live update: It's looking pretty ominous outside.) A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the Orlando area as well. Life-threatening storm surge and hurricane-force winds are expected along portions of the Florida east coast through mid-week.

The system is expected to spin 64 to 80 kilometres off Florida, with hurricane-force wind speeds extending about 56 kilometres to the west.

Dorian is almost stationary and looks like it might be undergoing an eye-wall replacement as it is starting to pull in some cooler waters as the storm sits over the same spot.

Based on the storm's projected path as of 8 a.m. Monday, Georgia and SC will fare the worst, with 100 percent of their beaches facing some level of dune erosion.

As long as the core of the hurricane stays offshore, the impacts could be limited to power outages and wind damage to trees, Wood says.

Looks to make its closest pass to land near the Outer Banks of North Carolina late Thursday night before then pushes farther out into the Atlantic away from the Northeast coast.

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