Hurricane Dorian: Florida forecast to get Category 4 Labor Day storm
Hurricane Dorian became a Category 4 major hurricane Friday before its predicted landfall Monday along Florida's east coast, forecasters say. Hurricane warnings were put in place in the northwestern Bahamas as Dorian approached the island nation. A direct hit in the Bahamas is likely on Sunday into Monday. The storm was slowly turning west on Friday as it makes it way back toward land and is expected to strengthen in the coming days, the National Hurricane Center said. Dorian is forecast slam the southeastern United States as a possible Category 4 storm.
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Dorian has strengthened from a tropical storm to a hurricane while heading from Puerto Rico to the United States mainland.
(Pictured) A child drags his suitcase as he is evacuated to a safer area in the Bahamas as Hurricane Dorian heads toward the islands on Aug. 31.
A large boat is moved to a storage lot on dry land at a marina in Cape Canaveral, Florida on Aug. 31.
As worries continue about the impact of Hurricane Dorian, workers help a friend board up his apartment building on Aug. 31 in Fort Pierce, Florida.
Workers remove textile roofing from a structure before the arrival of Hurricane Dorian on the Great Abaco island town of Marsh Harbour, Bahamas on Aug. 31.
Locals and tourists enjoy the beach before the arrival of Hurricane Dorian in St. Augustine, Florida on Aug 31.
Residents load sandbags to protect their homes in Deltona on Aug. 31.
A deserted yacht marina before the arrival of Hurricane Dorian on the Great Abaco island town of Marsh Harbour, Bahamas on Aug. 31.
Shoppers at a supermarket are seen before the arrival of Hurricane Dorian on the Great Abaco island town of Marsh Harbour, Bahamas on Aug. 31.
Workers put plywood over the windows of a store as they prepare it in case Hurricane Dorian hits Delray Beach, Florida on Aug. 31.
Storm clouds appears neat the Kennedy Space Center as Hurricane Dorian approaches Florida, on Aug. 31.
People walk in a pier at Dinner Key Marina in Miami on Aug. 31.
A man surfs along Lake Worth beach in Florida on Aug. 31.
Hurricane Dorian approaches the coast of Florida as seen in this handout photo made available by NASA, on Aug 31.
Dorian strikes Bahamas with record fury as Category 5 storm
McLEAN'S TOWN CAY, Bahamas (AP) — Hurricane Dorian struck the northern Bahamas as a catastrophic Category 5 storm Sunday, its record 185 mph (297 kph) winds ripping off roofs, overturning cars and tearing down power lines as hundreds hunkered down in schools, churches and shelters. Dorian slammed into Elbow Cay in Abaco island at 12:40 p.m., and then made a second landfall near Marsh Harbour at 2 p.m., after authorities made last-minute pleas for those in low-lying areas to evacuate. "It's devastating," said Joy Jibrilu, director general of the Bahamas' Ministry of Tourism and Aviation. "There has been huge damage to property and infrastructure. Luckily, no loss of life reported.
People prepare sandbags on Aug. 31.
Boats are seen anchored at Dinner Key Marina in Miami on Aug. 31.
Miami Beach police officers check residents' IDs before admitting them to the sandbagging site in Miami Beach, Florida on Aug. 31.
Hurricane Dorian approaches the coast of Florida as seen in this handout photo made available by NASA, on Aug. 30.
Beachgoers play in the surf near the Cocoa Beach Pier, Florida, on Aug. 30.
Residents fill up sandbags with the last bits of sand available in preparation for the hurricane, on Aug. 30, in Hallandale Beach, Florida.
7-Year-Old Boy Is First Reported Hurricane Dorian Related Death, Sister Missing
The first death due to Hurricane Dorian is being reported by The Bahamas Press. © Provided by CBS Local, a division of CBS Radio Inc The Bahamas Press tweeted late Sunday night that 7-year-old Lachino Mcintosh drowned after his family tried to relocated their Abaco home. The tweet also says his sister is missing. First death recorded in Abaco following Hurrican Dorian passage on Abaco…. BP BREAKING| The first recorded death of Hurricane Dorian is now being confirmed. Seven year-old, Lachino Mcintosh, drowned after his family attempts to relocate their home. McIntosh’s sister is missing pic.twitter.
Passengers arrive at Orlando International Airport for departing flights ahead of the hurricane’s arrival, which has intensified to Category 4 and which will threaten parts of the Bahamas and the Southeastern U.S. over Labor Day weekend, on Aug. 30.
Beach goers on South Beach check out one of the iconic lifeguard stands as bands of rain fall in the distance, on Aug. 30, on Miami Beach, Florida.
A notice is seen posted at the Orlando Amtrak station advising passengers that the station will be closed and train service between New York and Miami has been cancelled due to the hurricane, on Aug. 30, in Orlando, Florida.
Vacant gas pumps are shown after a Wawa gas station sold out of fuel ahead of the arrival of the hurricane, in Pompano Beach, Florida, on Aug. 30.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media prior to his departure for Camp David on Aug. 30, at the White House in Washington, DC. President Trump said he will be monitoring the latest development with Hurricane Dorian from Camp David.
NASA employees look on as the Artemis launch tower rolls back from Pad 39B inside Bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at the Kennedy Space Center in preparation for the landfall of Hurricane Dorian, in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Aug. 30.
A flight of Florida Air National Guard F-15 Eagles of the 159th Fighter Squadron prepare to land at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, for safe haven from Hurricane Dorian in this Aug. 30, handout photo.
Sailors assigned to Naval Station Mayport lay down mooring lines as the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ft. McHenry is moved in preparation for Hurricane Dorian at Naval Station Mayport, in Jacksonville, Florida, in this Aug. 29, handout photo.
A surf shop advertises hurricane supplies as Hurricane Dorian approaches the coast, on Aug. 30, in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
Midnight Express Powerboats employee Ray Vazquez pull out his boat from the Haulover Marine Center on Aug. 30, in Miami Beach as they prepare for Hurricane Dorian.
People walk on the beach ahead of the approaching Hurricane Dorian, on Aug. 30, in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
Weston Rice drives through a flooded parking lot as he prepares to drop his jet ski into the water at the Haulover Marine Center before the arrival of Hurricane Dorian on Aug. 30, in Miami Beach.
Lisa Vance helps her husband Stephan go up the mast of their sailboat to do a repair in preparation for Hurricane Dorian, on Aug. 30, in Vero Beach, Fla.
Miami residents load plywood at a Home Depot in West Miami on Aug. 30, in preparation for Hurricane Dorian.
Workers board up a shop’s window front as they make preparations for the arrival of Hurricane Dorian, in Freeport, Bahamas, on Aug. 30.
Residents buy supplies at a Walmart in West Miami on Aug. 30, in preparation for Hurricane Dorian.
Shoppers wait in line for a Sam's Club store to open before sunrise, as people rushed to buy supplies ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Dorian in Kissimmee, on Aug. 30.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA-49 Gulfstream IV (G-IV) crew prepares for a Hurricane Dorian reconnaissance mission with the first all-female three-pilot flight crew, including Captain Kristie Twining, Commander Rebecca Waddington, and Lieutenant Lindsey Norman.
This GOES-16 satellite image, taken on Aug. 29 and provided by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows Hurricane Dorian moving over the Atlantic Ocean.
Hurricane Dorian is picking up speed and size as it turns toward the Carolinas
As Hurricane Dorian grew in size Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center says residents who live in coastal communities of North Carolina and South Carolina should heed the advice of local officials and evacuate. Category 2 Dorian had lost some wind strength — down to 110 mph — but was slowly expanding in size, spreading out as much as 15 miles in all directions, according to the National Hurricane Center. “The center of Dorian is forecast to move near or over the coast of South Carolina and North Carolina Thursday through Friday morning,” the NHC reported in a 5 p.m. update.
Broward County Mayor Mark Bogen, along with other officials, during the press conference on the county preparations in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian on Aug. 29 in Plantation, Florida. Hurricane Dorian. Dorian was gathering strength on Thursday as it churned towards Florida, where it could make landfall as a powerful Category 4 storm.
James Wolfe, 72, and Elaine Wolfe, 65, install shutters on their home on Aug. 29 in Vero Beach, Fla.
A supervised work crew of female prisoners loads sandbags into vehicles on Aug. 29 in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Dorian in Titusville, Florida.
People wait in their vehicles to receive sandbags at a distribution location on Aug. 29 in Titusville, Florida.
Residents stock up on groceries at a Costco on Aug. 29 in Miami, Florida.
Shoppers encounter empty shelves at a store on Aug. 29 in Kissimmee, Florida.
Arian Britto fills containers with gasoline at BJ's Wholesale Club in preparation for Hurricane Dorian on Aug. 29 in Hialeah, Florida.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis talks to the media during a news conference as Hurricane Dorian approaches the state on Aug. 29.
Shoppers wait in long lines at Costco, on Aug. 29, in Davie, Florida, as they stock up on supplies ahead of Hurricane Dorian.
Shoppers load their truck with supplies to prepare ahead of Hurricane Dorian on Aug. 29, in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
This image provided by NASA on Aug. 29 shows a view of Hurricane Dorian from the International Space Station as it churns over the Atlantic Ocean north of Puerto Rico.
Residents fill their cars with gas after waiting in line ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Dorian in Kissimmee, Florida, on Aug. 29.
Sheila Guerra loads cases of bottled water into her car in preparation for Hurricane Dorian on Aug. 29, in Orlando, Florida.
Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vazquez speaks during a press conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Aug. 28.
Category-1 strength winds bend palm trees as Hurricane Dorian slams into St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands on Aug. 28.
An employee of the Charlotte Amalie Harbor Seaplane Base looks out to the runway as most flights have been cancelled as Tropical Storm Dorian approaches St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands on Aug. 28.
This photo taken by NASA's Terra satellite MODIS instrument shows Dorian as the storm nears St. Thomas and the U.S. Virgin Islands as it continues its track toward Florida's east coast on Aug. 28.
People look at a road damaged due to Tropical Storm Dorian in Riviere-Pilote, Martinique, on Aug. 27.
Dozens of people fill sandbags at Blanchard Park in Orlando, Florida on Aug. 28.
Hurricane Dorian heads for the Carolinas, could bring 'life-threatening storm surge' to the coast
Hurricane Dorian strengthened into a Category 3 storm again Wednesday night, with sustained winds of 115 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. Its core is forecast to approach the coast of South Carolina, near Charleston, on Wednesday night into Thursday morning, the hurricane center said. Downtown Charleston was experiencing flooding as a result of the storm early Thursday morning, the Charleston County Emergency Management told CNN. Dorian is expected to run parallel along the coast of the Carolinas into Friday. Any deviation to the left could bring the storm's center onshore, according to the NHC.
Residents gather at the William Rivera Vocational School, which has been converted into a temporary shelter, in Canovanas, Puerto Rico, on Aug. 28.
Canovanas Mayor Lorna Soto, left, and adjutant general of the National Guard Jose Reyes carry out a meeting at the Municipal Emergency Management headquarters, hours before the passing of Dorian, in Canovanas, Puerto Rico, on Aug. 28.
The emergency management crews of Canovanas visit communities identified as high flood risk as Dorian approaches the northeast of Puerto Rico, on Aug. 28.
Empty counters and seats are seen at the gates of Charlotte Amalie Harbor Seaplane Base as most flights have been cancelled in St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, on Aug. 28.
View of a house in El Negro, Yabucoa municipality, Puerto Rico, is seen on Aug. 28, as the government sends a message about the arrival of Dorian.
Ya Mary Morales (L) and Henry Sustache put plywood over the windows of their home as they prepare for the arrival of Tropical Storm Dorian on Aug. 28 in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico.
Workers of the Emergency Operation Center (COE) monitor Tropical Storm Dorian on Aug. 27 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
People arrive to a private harbor to move boats away for protection ahead of the arrival of Tropical Storm Dorian on Aug. 27 in Boqueron, Puerto Rico.
Workers prepare at a Walmart store for the arrival of Tropical Storm Dorian on Aug. 27 in Humacao, Puerto Rico.
A worker cuts tree branches in preparation for Storm Dorian on Aug. 27 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
The director of the Emergency Operation Center (COE), Juan Manuel Mendez, speaks during a press conference to inform about the measures taken ahead of the arrival of Tropical Storm Dorian in the Dominican Republic, on Aug. 27 in Santo Domingo.
A worker of the Social State Plan prepares food rations in preparation for Storm Dorian on Aug. 27 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Jorge Ortiz works to tie down his roof as he prepares for the arrival of Tropical Storm Dorian, in the Martín Peña neighborhood of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Aug. 27.
U.S. women who survived Dorian: Families "thought we were dead"
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Hurricane Dorian's history of strengthening continued Sunday morning as the storm reached Category 5 intensity. Some are wondering if the storm will continue gaining momentum, even reaching a category 6 storm.
In a word, no.
There is no higher measure, even though Dorian has already become the strongest hurricane in modern records for the Northern Bahamas packing winds of 180 mph. It is in contention for becoming one of the strongest storms of all time.
The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is how the National Hurricane Center measures the intensity of hurricanes. The scale breaks down hurricane categories based on the 1-minute sustained winds recorded in connection with the storm, according to the National Hurricane Center.
A Category 1 hurricane, for instance, displays wind speeds between 74 to 95 mph. Conversely, a Category 5 hurricane has reached 157 mph or higher.
Because of this cutoff, a Category 6 hurricane doesn't currently exist. So rest assured, while Hurricane Dorian may continue to grow in intensity, it will remain a Category 5 until it begins to weaken.
Hurricane Dorian is still a strong storm
Even though there is no Category 6, Dorian is threatening to shatter long-held records.
Forecasters say Dorian is now tied for 8th highest sustained winds in the Atlantic ever. And it's still strengthening.
In a series of tweets, Philip Klotzbach, a hurricane expert and meteorologist at Colorado State University, demonstrated how dangerous Dorian is:
Trump’s Dorian Brawl Leads to Dispute Within U.S. Weather Agency
As President Donald Trump dragged the brawl over his forecast for Hurricane Dorian into a sixth day, a U.S. agency released a statement bolstering his account -- prompting a scathing response from the leader of an agency union. © Bloomberg President Trump Says U.S. Spending Much Less Than Expected On Dorian Trump has repeatedly and defiantly continued to defend his assertion that Alabama was in Dorian’s path. On Wednesday, he showed White House reporters a map that he had personally altered -- by drawing a black line -- to bolster his argument. On Thursday, he tweeted photos of Aug. 29 and Aug.
- Since 1950, only 3 Atlantic hurricanes have had max winds stronger than Hurricane Dorian's current max winds of 180 mph: Allen (1980): Max winds of 190 mph Gilbert (1988): Max winds of 185 mph Wilma (2005): Max winds of 185 mph.
- "Only one hurricane has made continental US landfall with winds this strong: The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 (185 mph max winds)."
- "Only two hurricanes have made continental US landfall with a lower pressure than Hurricane Dorian's current pressure of 913 hPa. Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 (892 hPa) and Camille of 1969 (900 hPa)."
- "Dorian now has the strongest winds (180 mph) for a hurricane this far north (26.5°N) in the Atlantic east of Florida on record."
- "The strongest hurricane landfalls in the Atlantic basin not in the continental US since 1985 are 180 mph landfalls by Hurricane Irma in 2017 on Barbuda, St. Martin and the British Virgin Islands. Unfortunately, it looks like Hurricane Dorian may join that infamous list shortly."
This article originally appeared on Tallahassee Democrat: Hurricane Dorian: Category 5 right now, could it be a Category 6? No.
Dorian lashes New England after leaving N.C.'s Outer Banks with 'catastrophic' flooding.
Hurricane Dorian made landfall over North Carolina Friday, battering the state's Outer Banks barrier islands with ferocious winds and dangerous floodwaters. The flooding stranded roughly 800 people on the Outer Banks' hard-hit Ocracoke Island, where residents described the flooding as "catastrophic," North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said. Leslie Lanier, who lives on Ocracoke Island, said some residents had to climb into their attics to escape the water, ABC Raleigh station WTVD reported. 1/11 SLIDES © Moonraker Tea Shop Flooding fills the streets of Ocracoke Island, N.C., Sept.