Dorian: 11 a.m. update

by | August 30, 2019 11:28 am

At 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Dorian was located
near latitude 24.5 North, longitude 69.8 West. Dorian is moving
toward the northwest near 10 mph (17 km/h). A slower west-
northwestward to westward motion should begin tonight and continue
into early next week.  On this track, the core of Dorian should
move over the Atlantic well north of the southeastern and central
Bahamas today and tomorrow, be near or over the northwestern
Bahamas on Sunday, and be near the Florida peninsula late Monday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 110 mph (175 km/h) with higher
gusts.  Dorian is expected to become a major hurricane later
today, and it will remain an extremely dangerous major hurricane
while it moves near the northwestern Bahamas and approaches the
Florida peninsula into early next week.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the
center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles
(165 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure from the NOAA and Air Force
reconnaissance planes is 972 mb (28.71 inches).
RAINFALL:  Dorian is expected to produce the following rainfall
accumulations this weekend into the middle of next week:

Northwestern Bahamas and coastal sections of the Southeast
United States...6 to 12 inches, isolated 18 inches.

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