Category 4 Hurricane Dorian to threaten north-west Bahamas

    Photo from the National Hurricane Centre

    Hurricane Dorian is currently a Category 4 Storm and is expected to move near or over the north-western Bahamas tomorrow, and move near the Florida east coast late on Monday.

    Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 240 km/h with higher gusts and while some fluctuations in intensity are likely, Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during the next few days.

    A life-threatening storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 10 to 15 feet above normal tide levels in areas of onshore winds in the north-western Bahamas.

    Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.
    The National Hurricane Centre says the rainfall from Dorian may cause life-threatening flash floods.

    Meanwhile Reuters reported that on Florida’s east coast, residents bought bottled water, plywood and other supplies as fast as they could be restocked on Friday. Some gas stations ran out of fuel.

    Dorian still poses a threat to millions of people there are popular holiday attractions such as Disney World, the NASA launchpads along the Space Coast and the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach.