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Dorian, Still Heading West, Batters Northwest Bahamas With 185 MPH Winds

September 1, 2019, 8:16 PM EDT

Category 5 Hurricane Dorian, in no hurry to clear the Northwest Bahamas, gave the Abaco Islands a prolonged, punishing blow on Sunday. Grand Bahama Island is in line for similar treatment on Monday as Dorian slows to a crawl. The hurricane is still projected to arc dangerously close to the Southeast U.S. coast as this week unfolds.

A hurricane warning was issued Sunday afternoon from Jupiter Inlet, Florida, north to the Volusia/Brevard county line, with a hurricane watch in effect southward to Jupiter Beach and northward along the entire Volusia County coast. Hurricane, tropical storm, and storm surge warnings are normally issued no more than 36 hours in advance of expected conditions, so we can expect these to be extended further up the Southeast coast over the coming days, with many revisions to come.

Dorian’s first landfall on Great Abaco Island was at Elbow Cay and its second at Marsh Harbour, both with top winds at 185 mph. Catastrophic damage was evident from Great Abaco Island in a smattering of news reports and social-media posts that emerged as the eye passed over. Nothing more had been heard from the island as of Sunday night. See the frequently updated article for the latest on Dorian’s impacts.  CONTINUE READING…

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