Monday 9 December, 2019

Hurricane Dorian finally moves on, heading toward Florida coast

After pummelling the Grand Bahama Island for two days, Hurricane Dorian is finally moving on.

The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) said today that the Bahamas Meteorology Office has issued an all-clear for The Bahamas.

According to the National Hurricane Centre, at 5 am today, Dorian was moving toward the north-northwest near eight mph (13 km/h), and a northwest or north-northwest motion is expected through this morning.

 A turn toward the north is forecast by this evening, followed by a turn toward the north-northeast on Thursday morning.

On this track, the core of Hurricane Dorian will move dangerously close to the Florida east coast and the Georgia coast through tonight.

The center of Dorian is forecast to move near or over the coast of South Carolina and North Carolina Thursday through Friday morning. Maximum sustained winds are near 105 mph (165 km/h) with higher gusts.

Some weakening is expected during the next couple of days, and Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during the next few days.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km) from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 km). The minimum central pressure reported by an Air Force Reserve Unit Hurricane Hunter aircraft is 963 mb (28.44 inches).

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