- Millions of residents along the Southeastern U.S. coast are on high alert amid warnings the storm would move northeast after battering the Bahamas, threatening Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.
- Hurricane Dorian is only the 35th category 5 storm ever recorded on the Saffir-Simpson scale in the Atlantic Ocean.
- “Life-threatening storm surge and very heavy rainfall also expected… Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion,” the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory Sunday.
Hurricane Dorian made landfall on the eastern end of Grand Bahama Island, the National Weather Service said Sunday night.
Grand Bahama Island is a little more than 50 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida. The island’s eastern end is less heavily populated than its western side, which includes the city of Freeport.
“Dorian will continue to slow as it moves westward across the Northwestern Bahamas overnight before a gradual turn to the northwest then north through Wednesday,” the NWS said on its website.
“Given uncertainty in the track forecast and the anticipated increase in size of the hurricane, a Hurricane Warning and Storm Surge Warning have been issued for a portion of the Florida east coast,” it said.
The “extremely dangerous” storm is the strongest hurricane on record in the Northwestern Bahamas, with maximum sustained winds at 185 mph and gusts over 220 mph.
The National Hurricane Center said “catastrophic hurricane conditions” are occurring in the Abacos Islands and are expected to spread across Grand Bahama Island later Sunday. Hurricane conditions are possible in parts of Florida by late Monday or early Tuesday…