Hurricane Dorian intensifies as it heads toward US
Hurricane Dorian intensifies as it heads toward US, The government of the Bahamas has issued hurricane watches for the northwestern Bahamas, including the capital, Nassau, as the risk of life-threatening storm surge and hurricane-force winds this weekend continues to increase for this area.
A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within 48 hours.
The official forecast track has the storm passing directly over Great Abaco and Grand Bahama island Sunday into early Monday morning.
Atlanta Motor Speedway is opening its camping facilities to evacuees seeking refuge from Hurricane Dorian.
The Speedway, which is equipped to handle thousands of campers during its annual NASCAR weekend, will provide camping space free of charge for RV and tent campers in its Legends Campground.
Every county in Florida is under a state of emergency as the state prepares for what may be the strongest hurricane to hit its east coast in nearly three decades.
At 105 mph, Dorian is the strongest storm of the Atlantic hurricane season so far. If it 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.
Dorian is currently a Category 2 storm.
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.
After tearing through the British and US Virgin Islands and drenching Puerto Rico with rain Wednesday, Dorian was moving northwest in the Atlantic Thursday night.
Hurricane Dorian is strengthening once again, with winds increasing up to 105 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center. This makes Dorian a Category 2 on the Saffir-Simpson scale.
“Dorian is expected to become a major hurricane on Friday and remain an extremely dangerous hurricane through the weekend,” said the Center in its latest public advisory.
Hurricane Dorian is expected to make landfall in Florida as a category 4 storm on Monday.
The advisory adds that there may be life-threatening flash floods, swells and rip current conditions.
There are currently no coastal watches or warnings currently in effect.