RadioOnFire.com – Dorian is expected to strike the northern Bahamas on Sunday and continue to menace the Florida coast.
Dorian has made landfall in the Bahamas as a Category 5 hurricane, the most powerful kind, with sustained winds of 180 m.p.h., according to the National Hurricane Center.
The storm reaches ‘catastrophic’ strength with 180 m.p.h. winds. As Hurricane Dorian struck the Abaco Islands in the northwestern Bahamas on Sunday morning, the National Hurricane Center said that the maximum sustained winds around the eye of the storm had reached 180 miles an hour, making it a “catastrophic” storm with “devastating winds.” At 11 a.m. Eastern time, it was moving westward fairly slowly — 7 miles an hour — over Great Abaco, and was expected to continue near or over Grand Bahama later Sunday or early Monday, forecasters said. Storm surges of as much as 18 to 23 feet were possible, enough to swamp many low-lying areas of the islands, and as much as 25 inches of rain could fall before the storm passes.
Hurricane-force winds extend 45 miles outward from the center of the storm, the center said, with tropical storm-force winds as much as 140 miles outward.