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When we first wrote about Hurricane Dorian late last week, the cyclonic storm was packing Category 1-strength winds and bearing down on Puerto Rico.
NEW: #Dorian is now a category 5 #hurricane with 160 mph sustained winds. The eyewall of this catastrophic hurricane is about to hit the Abaco Islands with devastating winds. Next advisory: https://t.co/tW4KeFW0gB pic.twitter.com/oFspgN0XbT
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 1, 2019
According to the latest update from the US-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC), the storm now packs sustained winds of just under 260 km/h.
Note, that’s sustained. It doesn’t factor in the stronger gusts.
On radar, Dorian is a monster too. A well-defined void is surrounded by a fierce vortex of cloud.
A slew of GIFs posted to Twitter my meteorologists demonstrate just how powerful this storm really is.
#Dorian, now a potentially catastrophic Category 5 hurricane, is mesmerizingly beautiful as a cyclone; yet utterly horrifying given the reality of what the Abacos and Grand Bahama Islands are about to face. pic.twitter.com/JLeWxZZ4L8
— Steve Bowen (@SteveBowenWx) September 1, 2019
— Mike Umscheid (@mikeumsc) September 1, 2019
— Allan Huffman (@RaleighWx) September 1, 2019
— Greg Postel (@GregPostel) September 1, 2019
— Alex Lamers (@AlexJLamers) September 1, 2019
Sunrise over the eye of intense hurricanes viewed via 30-second imagery from #GOESEast never gets old https://t.co/ereZel5yE9. My thoughts this AM are with #GreatAbaco and the rest of the Northwest #Bahamas where #Dorian's ferocious eyewall will come ashore in the next few hours pic.twitter.com/I7LtFDu9kp
— Jack Sillin | weather.us (@JackSillin) September 1, 2019
Even if you’re far from the storm’s impact, these loops are terrifying.
The NHC has adjusted its track from a few days ago. Where it predicted the storm would make landfall along Florida’s eastern coastline, it’s now more likely to skirt along the coast.
But of course, these are merely predictions. No one knows what the storm will actually do in 48 hours time. But at the moment, the Bahamas is bearing the full brunt of the storm.
Where to track Hurricane Dorian online
Meteorologist Matt Lanza has also put together a stellar Twitter list of users tracking the storm.
Feature image: Hurricane Dorian as a Category 1 storm on 28 August 2019, by NASA Worldview/Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS)