Update (06:00 p.m. ET): Abaco Island has sustained major damage according to the Hope Town Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department.
“Now is not a time to panic now is the time to plan how to get the recovery started. Hope Town Fire and Rescue will be heading up the efforts for recovery,” said the department (h/t Epoch Times).
To try and convey just how powerful Dorian is, the Air Force’s Reconnaissance “hurricane hunter” planes are flying through what they call the “stadium effect” – which only happens in the strongest of hurricanes (also h/t Epoch Times).
We’ve made it back home to Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Here’s a few photos from hurricane #Dorian
✈️⛈?? #ReserveCitizenAirmen #ReserveReady #403WG #WC130J #SuperHercules #WeatherReady #NWSNHC pic.twitter.com/3Erxlf4qUk
— Hurricane Hunters (@53rdWRS) September 1, 2019
Here’s a look at what scientists call the “stadium effect” inside the eye of #Dorian from @NOAA scientists. This happens at times in very strong hurricanes. The latest forecast on Dorian is available at https://t.co/tW4KeFW0gB pic.twitter.com/Knv6w7nXP6
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 1, 2019
More footage of the devastation:
Abaco Bahamas ??
Lord we NEED you. ??? pic.twitter.com/bfEwn6BrT0
— day (@LoveDeje) September 1, 2019
Waves crash against the shores of Marsh Harbour while Hurricane Dorian threatens the northwestern Bahamas as a major Category 5 storm, bringing with it potential for life-threatening storm surge and flash flooding.
FULL FORECAST: https://t.co/gK8lImGQbJ pic.twitter.com/JG5vppVjDQ
— ABC News (@ABC) September 1, 2019
This is the scene in Abaco island, Bahamas at the moment as the eye of #HurricaneDorian comes ashore right now. #Dorian2019 #Dorian report @rickymyers pic.twitter.com/STyGDjXIQv
— WEATHER/ METEO WORLD (@StormchaserUKEU) September 1, 2019
Update (02:25 p.m. ET): Dorian has slammed hard into Great Abaco Island with maximum sustained winds of
185 mph 220 mph – exceeding the strongest Atlantic hurricane landfall on record with the 1935 Labor Day hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center.