Category 5 Hurricane Dorian makes record-tying landfall in Bahamas, moving west toward Florida’s Atlantic coast

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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 has made landfall at 1240 pm
EDT (1640 UTC) in Elbow Cay, Abacos. The winds have increased
to 185 mph (295 km/h) with the minimum central pressure falling to
911 mb (26.90 inches).

Dorian made a second landfall at 1:24 p.m. on Great Abaco Island near Marsh Harbor. Winds increased to 185 mph, tied for the strongest Atlantic landfall on record.

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...

Threats from the storm remain the same

  • Wind gusts over 220 mph
  • Storm surges of 18-23 feet, with some waves even higher

Threats from the storm remain the same: wind gusts over 220 mph, storm surges of 18-23 feet, and some waves even higher.

Hurrricane Dorian at sunrise Sunday as a powerful Category 5 hurricane

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.

Where Dorian curves will matter for FL impacts.

Track Dorian here: 

 

Quiet weather in the Tennessee Valley: Our weather across north Alabama and south Tennessee will be much more tame. A lot of us could use some good rain,  but there isn’t any meaningful rain in sight this week. An isolated shower is possible this afternoon, but 90% or more of us see nothing but sunshine today.

One or two rogue showers possible today

Starting out on a warm note; Finishing cooler: 

The heat will build through the first half of this week. Highs will climb into the mid 90s by Wednesday, with a heat index approaching 100. The heat and humidity back off a bit by Thursday. It will still be warm, but not quite as hot or humid.

 

– Meteorologist Alex Puckett

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