Dorian has made landfall at 1240 pm EDT (1640 UTC) in Elbow Cay, Abacos. The winds have increased to 185 mph (295 km/h) with the minimum central pressure falling to 911 mb (26.90 inches).
A Hurricane Warning continues for the Northwest Bahamas excluding Andros Island. A Hurricane Watch continues for Andros Island and along the Florida east coast from north of Deerfield Beach to the Volusia/Brevard County Line. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from north of Deerfield Beach to Sebastian Inlet. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect from north of Golden Beach to Deerfield Beach and Lake Okeechobee. A Storm Surge Watch is in effect from north of Deerfield Beach to the Volusia/Brevard County Line. Interests elsewhere along the east coast of Florida should continue to monitor the progress of Dorian, as additional watches or warnings may be required later today.
Catastrophic damage reported at Abaco Islands in Bahamas #HurricaneDorian
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Catastrophic hurricane conditions are occurring in the Abacos Islands and will spread across Grand Bahama Island later today and tonight. Hurricane conditions are possible within the hurricane watch area in Florida by late Monday or early Tuesday. Tropical storm conditions are expected within the tropical storm warning area on Monday and Tuesday. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the tropical storm watch area by Monday night.
Hurricane Dorian is centered as of 11 a.m. EDT about 230 miles (30 km) east-northeast of Great Abaco Island and about 205 miles (330 km) east of West Palm Beach, Florida. Dorian is moving toward the west near 7 mph (11 km/h). A slower westward motion should continue for the next day or two, followed by a gradual turn toward the northwest. On this track, the core of extremely dangerous Hurricane Dorian will continue to move over Great Abaco and move near or over Grand Bahama Island later tonight and Monday. The hurricane should move closer to the Florida east coast late Monday through Tuesday night.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 180 mph (285 km/h) with higher gusts. Dorian has grown larger in size. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center and tropical-storm- force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km). Ham radio reports indicate that Hope Town in the Abacos just reported wind gust to 100 mph. Dorian is a extremely dangerous category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. The minimum central pressure measured by both NOAA and Air Force reconnaissance plane was 913 mb (26.96 inches). Some fluctuations in intensity are likely, but 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 18 to 23 feet above normal tide levels in areas of onshore winds on the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama Island. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.
The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the Florida east coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. The water could reach the following heights above ground somewhere in the indicated areas if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide.