Hurricane Dorian is on the move once again, inching northwest and potentially up the U.S. East Coast after bashing the Bahamas for almost two days with high winds and driving rains that have inflicted huge damage, killing five on one island alone.
The storm is now traveling 2 miles per hour with sustained winds of 110 miles (177 kilometers) per hour, dropping it to Category 2 status, the National Hurricane Center said at 11 a.m. New York time. Dangerous winds and a life-threatening storm surge continue to savage Grand Bahama Island.
Meanwhile, Dorian is growing in size, with hurricane-force winds extending some 60 miles from the eye, compared with 45 miles previously, the center reported. It is forecast to move “dangerously close” to the Florida coastline as soon as Wednesday, inundating it with rain, rising sea levels and a storm surge as it travels north toward Georgia and the Carolinas.
“Today is ‘moving day’ for Dorian as the northward turn has finally commenced,” said Todd Crawford, lead meteorologist at The Weather Co., an IBM business, in a telephone interview.
As a result, storm surge and hurricane warnings have now been extended into South Carolina, and a hurricane watch has been issued for parts of North Carolina’s coast. In Florida, several surge warnings and hurricane watches have been canceled south of the Jupiter Inlet.
“Florida will likely dodge the worst impacts,” Crawford said, “although coastal areas will have long stretches of tropical-storm force winds later today and tomorrow.”
Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-09-03/u-s-east-coast-braces-for-dorian-chaos-as-bahamas-are-battered?srnd=premium
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