Hurricane Dorian, a Category 1 hurricane churning in the Atlantic Ocean, savagely tore at the northern islands of Apaco and Grand Bahama for almost two days from September 1. The storm killed at least 20 people as it was stalled in the region, destroying around 13,000 homes and leaving about 60,000 people without food. Now the storm is whirling along the Atlantic Ocean unleashing hurricane-force and tropical-storm-force winds on areas of the USA east coast.
Hurricane Dorian is a serious and “dangerous” threat to the US after devastating the Bahamas.
Florida largely escaped the storm unscathed, but now it appears the Carolinas and as far north as Virginia may suffer the impacts of Dorian.
The Category 1 hurricane has already caused widespread power outages, mass flight cancellations and road closures as a result of the strong winds, heavy rainfall and storm surge.
According to the NOAA, at 2am EDT (7am BST), the eye of Hurricane Dorian was located near latitude 34.2 north, longitude 76.8 west, which is around 30 miles south southwest of Cape Lookout, North Carolina, and 55 miles east of Wilmington, North Carolina.
Tropical storm conditions are spreading quickly along the North Caroline Coast, according to the NHC.
By 2am on Saturday (7am BST), the storm will be parallel to New Jersey, roughly 220 miles away from the coasts of both New Jersey and New York.
By the same time on Sunday, Dorian is expected to weaken to become a post tropical cyclone where the remnants of the storm will be low and there will be maximum sustained winds of 46mph.
At that time, the current forecast coordinates indicate Dorian may make landfall in northern Nova Scotia, south of Inverness.
However, it currently looks like New York and New Jersey will miss Dorian’s track.
Currently, the maximum sustained winds of the barrelling storm have been recorded at 90mph.
While the storm’s hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds reach up to 220 miles from the centre.
A Weatherflow station in Pamlico Sound, North Carolina, recently reported a sustained wind of 51mph (82kmh) and a wind gust to 70 mph (113 km/h).
The Johnny Mercer Pier NOAA-NOS station located at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, recently measured a sustained wind of 42mph (66kmh) and a gust of 58mph (93 kmh).
The National Hurricane Center advisory reads: “Dorian is moving toward the northeast near 15 mph (24 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue with an increase in forward speed through Saturday.
“On the forecast track, the center of Dorian will move near or over the coast of North Carolina during the next several hours.
“The centre should move to the southeast of extreme southeastern New England tonight and Saturday morning, and then across Nova Scotia late Saturday or Saturday night.”