Category 5 Hurricane Dorian makes third landfall in Bahamas, continues to move west toward U.S. Atlantic coast Monday

Major Category 5 Hurricane Dorian continues to slowly move through the Bahamas Monday morning, producing dangerous wind, flooding, and storm surge throughout the island nation.

The hurricane already made landfall three times on Sunday, September 1.

First Landfall – Elbow Cay, Abacos, Bahamas

At 12:45 p.m. Sunday, the National Hurricane Center confirmed Hurricane Dorian made landfall in at Elbow Cay, Abacos in the Bahamas.

The NHC said to expect wind gusts over 220 mph, storm surges of 18-23 feet, and some waves even higher.

The 12:45 statement reads as follows:

…CATASTROPHIC CATEGORY 5 DORIAN MAKES LANDFALL ON ELBOW CAY IN THE
ABACOS…

Data from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft and satellite data indicate that Dorian made the first landfall at 11:40 am CDT  in Elbow Cay, Abacos. The maximum sustained winds at the time were measured at 185 mph with the minimum central pressure falling to
911 millibars.

Second Landfall – Marsh Harbour, Great Abaco Island, Bahamas

Dorian made a second landfall at 1:24 p.m. on Great Abaco Island near Marsh Harbor. Winds increased to 185 mph, which according to the National Hurricane Center is “tied for the strongest Atlantic landfall on record with the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane”.

An updated statement said the storm was “heading with all its fury toward Grand Bahama.”

…EYE OF CATASTROPHIC HURRICANE DORIAN OVER THE ABACOS ISLANDS IN
THE BAHAMAS…
…HEADING WITH ALL ITS FURY TOWARD GRAND BAHAMA…

Third Landfall – East End of Grand Bahama Island

Hurricane Dorian’s third landfall occurred at 10pm CDT Sunday as the center of the eye crossed over the eastern end of the Grand Bahama Island. Maximum sustained wind speeds at that time were 180 mph, and the central minimum pressure was 914 millibars.

Dorian Inching Slowly West Over the Bahamas

Hurricane Dorian continues to be an incredibly powerful storm and has not shown any real signs of weakening. Dorian will slowly traverse over the Northern Bahamas over the next 24+ hours as it begins to slowly stall east of Florida.

Beyond that, this system will recurve to the northeast. Exactly when it does that will greatly determine the overall impacts Dorian will have on Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas.

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Hurricane watches and warnings are now in effect along Florida’s Atlantic coast, and Tropical Storm watches and warnings extend as far west as the Orlando area.

In north Alabama, hot and dry conditions will continue over the next several days. Click here to read the latest WHNT News 19 forecast discussion.

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