Hurricane Dorian fast facts:
Dorian has strengthened to a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph.
Dorian is expected to become a major hurricane Friday and remain extremely dangerous through the weekend.
Dorian is on track to make landfall early Monday, possibly as a powerful Category 5 hurricane.
Hurricane Dorian strengthened to a Category 4 storm Thursday night. It’s expected to intensify into a major Category 5 hurricane Friday and stay at least that strong as it makes its way to the U.S. mainland, the National Hurricane Center said.
Hurricane Dorian is likely to remain an extremely dangerous hurricane while it moves near the northwestern Bahamas and approaches the Florida peninsula through the weekend. It is forecast to unleash potentially deadly storm surges. Rainfall totals could reach 5 inches in portions of the Bahamas and 10 inches in the southeastern U.S., with isolated instances as high as 15 inches.
Hurricane Dorian could strengthen into a potentially catastrophic Category 4 with 130 mph winds and barrel into the U.S. Monday somewhere between the Florida Keys and southern Georgia, forecasters quoted said.
The National Weather Service said Hurricane Dorian could bring a “triple-threat of dangers” to Florida — including “life-threatening storm surge, devastating hurricane-force winds and heavy rains.” They urged Floridians to “prepare NOW.”
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis expanded the state of emergency he’d already declared to cover all counties in the state and asked President Trump for a pre-landfall disaster declaration.
The government of the Bahamas issued a hurricane watch for the northwestern part of the chain.
“All indications are it’s going to hit very hard and it’s going to be very big,” Mr. Trump said in a video he tweeted Thursday evening, comparing Dorian to Hurricane Andrew, which devastated South Florida in 1992.
As of 5 a.m. EDT Friday, Dorian’s center was some 260 miles east-northeast of the southeastern Bahamas as it headed northwest at 12 mph, the hurricane center said. Dorian’s sustained winds were 105 mph.
What supplies do you need to prepare for a hurricane?
Ahead of potentially devastating storms this hurricane season, the Red Cross recommends having the following supplies on hand:
- Water: At least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
- Food: At least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
- Extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
- Multi-purpose tool
- Copies of personal documents (insurance policies, birth certificates, lease or deed to home)
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items
- Emergency blanket
- Insect repellent and sunscreens
- Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
- Rain gear
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