Dorian intensifies to historic strength, makes landfall in Bahamas


TAMPA (WFLA) — Hurricane Dorian has officially made landfall in the Bahamas as a Category 5 storm.

The eye of the storm made a second landfall at 2 p.m. on Great Abaco Island near Marsh Harbour, with maximum sustained winds of 185 mph. The advisory did not show many other changes in the hurricane’s track or wind speeds.

The National Hurricane Center said Dorian made landfall at Elbow Cay, Abacos at 12:45 p.m. E.T. as one of the most intense hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic Basin.

With maximum sustained winds at 185 mph and gusts up to 220 mph, Dorian makes it near the top of the list of very powerful storms.

Dorian was upgraded to Category 5 status with the 8 a.m. advisory Sunday. As of 1 p.m., the storm was showing maximum sustained winds of 185 mph with gusts up to 220 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.

The NHC says “catastrophic conditions” are occurring in the Abacos Islands.

The system is forecast to move closer to Florida’s east coast late Monday through Tuesday.

The latest NHC updates showing an eastern shift in Dorian’s track come as a relief to Floridians, but Gov. Ron DeSantis is urging everyone to still carefully monitor Dorian’s movement.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Highlands County

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Polk County

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Northwestern Bahamas excluding Andros Island.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Andros Island.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for areas north of Deerfield Beach to Sebastian Inlet, Florida.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for areas north of Golden Beach to Deerfield Beach, Florida.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for North of Deerfield Beach to the Volusia/Brevard County Line.

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