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Published On: Sun, Sep 1st, 2019

Hurricane Dorian becomes Category 5 storm, pummeling the Bahamas

Dorian is now a Category 5 hurricane, located about 225 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida; 35 miles east of Great Abaco island in the Bahamas; was packing winds of 160 mph with higher gusts and was moving west at 8 mph.​​​​​​​

Hurricane Dorian continued tracking toward the Bahamas early Sunday, as it strengthened to a catastrophic Category 5 hurricane.

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As of early Sunday morning, Dorian was located about 70 miles east of Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas. The powerful Category 5 hurricane had top sustained winds of 160 mph.

“Conditions across Abaco Island, as well as Grand Bahama Island are expected to rapidly deteriorate Sunday as Dorian continues its track west,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Brandon Buckingham said. “Dorian is expected to slow down its forward progression today and on Labor Day, which will lead to an extended period of time where hurricane conditions could be possible across the northern Bahamas.”

satellite image shows Hurricane Dorian at Category 5 strength on Sunday morning, 35 miles east of Great Abaco Island, Bahamas. (NOAA/GOES-East)

Due to the slow speed of Dorian, portions of Great Abaco Island and Grand Bahama Island may have to deal with hurricane conditions in excess of 24 continuous hours.

“With Dorian packing winds of 150 mph, life-threatening storm surge will also plague the northern Bahamas in the coming days. Storm surge across the northern Bahamas is expected to exceed 10 feet in some areas. This will pose a serious threat to both life and property across much of the northern Bahamas,” Buckingham said.

On top of extreme wind and life-threatening storm surge, Buckingham said Dorian is also expected to dump copious amounts of rain across the Bahamas in the coming days.

“Some locales could reach the AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 24 inches before Dorian finally clears the Islands,” Buckingham said.

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