The latest NOAA public advisory on Hurricane Dorian was issued on Saturday, 31 August at 2pm (EDT). Hurricane Dorian is only 7mph away from being classed as a Category 5 hurricane. Read on to find out where Hurricane Dorian is.
Where is Hurricane Dorian?
In their 2pm (EDT) update today, NOAA’s National Hurricane Center have stated Hurricane Dorian is around 205 miles east from Great Abaco in the Bahamas.
Dorian is also 385 miles east of West Palm Beach in Florida.
NOAA said: “On this track, the core of Dorian should move over the Atlantic well north of the southeastern and central Bahamas today, be near or over the northwestern Bahamas on Sunday, and move near the Florida east coast late Monday through Tuesday.”
Hurricane Dorian is currently sustaining maximum wind speeds of 150mph.
Hurricane Dorian is currently a Category 4 hurricane.
The top category on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is Category 5, and a hurricane is classed as Category 5 when it achieves wind speeds of 157mph.
Hurricane Dorian’s wind speeds are just 7mph away from being classed as a Category 5 hurricane.
Experts are concerned Hurricane Dorian could mirror the same track as devastating Category 5 Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
Will Hurricane Dorian follow the same path as Hurricane Matthew?
Hurricane Matthew is thought to have claimed the lives of of 546 people, although this number is disputed.
Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti on October 4, 2016 as a Category 4 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 145mph.
Hurricane Matthew also had a devastating impact on parts of the USA.
According to USA Today, Bryan Norcross, senior hurricane specialist at The Weather Channel from 2010-17, said on Saturday morning: “As it stands right now, coastal Florida has got to be ready for storm surge exceeding Matthew.
“And higher winds than Matthew. And heavier rain than Matthew.”
“Just be ready for that. We’re in a position where you’re talking three, four, five days in advance of what you have to be ready for.”
“Florida is well within the cone. It’s not like on the fringe or something.
“And remember, the center only stays in the cone 2/3 of the time.”