As of the latest update at 10 p.m. Hurricane Dorian is a category 5 storm with sustained winds at 180 mph and gusts as high as 220 mph. The storm is crawling at 6 mph to the west.
Dorian made landfall Sunday afternoon on Elbow Cay in the Abacos as a category 5 hurricane causing catastrophic damage. The storm is producing storm surge 18 to 23 feet above normal tide levels with higher destructive waves. This makes Dorian the strongest hurricane in modern records for the northwestern Bahamas.
Over the next 12 hours Hurricane Dorian is forecast to slow down over Grand Bahama Island with extreme storm surge and winds.
The latest models shifted Dorian slightly back to the west keeping the east coast of Florida on their toes. Little deviation to this track can cause devastating conditions along the Florida coast. Hurricane watches and warnings along with storm surges watches and warnings have been issued for locations stretching from West Palm Beach to Daytona Beach.
Rain will also pose an threat up the East Coast for portions of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. The Weather Prediction Center shows portions of the East Coast getting anywhere from 5-10 inches of rainfall and even a localized 15 inches.
We’re heading into peak hurricane season and the Atlantic is churning up a few more tropical waves.
Down in the Gulf of Mexico the StormTracker Team in monitoring a tropical wave that has a 20% chance of formation in the next 2 days and a 30% chance for formation in the next 5 days. As of now this cluster of thunderstorms is no threat to the Northern Gulf Coast.
Off in the Mid-Atlantic we’re watching another tropical wave with a 10% chance of development in the next 2 days and a 30% chance within 5 days. These storms are likely to remain a fish storm and not effect the U.S. mainland.
last but no least, there is a tropical wave located just of the coast of Africa with a great chance of formation. The disturbance has a 60% chance of formation over the next 48 hours and 70% chance with in the next 5 days. This system is located near the Cabo Verde Islands and will most likely form into a tropical depression by mid-week.
The next update will be released at 5 a.m.