Hurricane Dorian is currently moving over Cape Hatteras, North Carolina as a Category 2 storm with 90 mph sustained winds.
Dorian is currently moving toward the northeast at 14 mph and the center of the hurricane is expected to move over the coast of North Carolina into Saturday. The hurricane is expected to increase in speed going into Saturday and eventually become a post-tropical cyclone with hurricane-force winds as it approaches Nova Scotia.
The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Warnings have been extended north to Fenwick Island, Delaware.
Hurricane Warnings remain in place across South Carolina and North Carolina.
The Hurricane Warning and the Tropical Storm Warning have been discontinued west of Surf City, North Carolina. The Storm Surge Warning south of Salter Path, North Carolina has been discontinued.
Meanwhile, meteorologists at our news partner, CBS12, say there are a several systems behind Dorian, and we need to watch two of them.
Disturbance 1 is currently moving northeast in the central North Atlantic, and has a 30 percent chance of developing over the next five days.
Disturbance 2 is an area of low pressure that is about 500 miles east of the Leeward Islands. It has just a 10 percent chance of formation over the next five days.
Disturbance 3 is currently located off the coast of Africa. It is moving west across the tropical Atlantic and has a 50 percent chance of forming over the next five days.
Additionally, Tropical Storm Gabrielle is spinning northwest in the open Atlantic and poses no threat to land at this time.
September 10 is considered by forecasters to be the peak of the hurricane season, which ends on November 30.
Hurricane Dorian is now a Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds at 115 miles-per-hour.
The NHC also warns, “life threatening storm surge with significant coastal flooding is expected along a large portion of the southeast and mid-Atlantic coasts of the United States during the next couple of days.”
All watches and warnings for South Florida have been discontinued. Palm Beach, Martin, and St. Lucie County Public Schools will reopen Thursday.
PBIA and FLL have both resumed normal operations.
There are reports of 21 dead in the Bahamas. The first fatality in the Bahamas being a 7-year-old boy named Lachino McIntosh, who apparently drowned as his family was trying to move to safer shelter. His sister is still missing. Preliminary estimates put the damage at around $8 billion.
First death recorded in Abaco following Hurrican Dorian passage on Abaco….
BP BREAKING| The first recorded death of Hurricane Dorian is now being confirmed. Seven year-old, Lachino Mcintosh, drowned after his family attempts to relocate their home. McIntosh's sister is missing pic.twitter.com/UQ99XPlBEa
— Bahamas Press (@Bahamaspress) September 2, 2019
In addition, the U.S. Coast Guard says crews have rescued 114 people and six pets in the Bahamas since the storm began.
Dr. Hubert Minnis, prime minster of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, tweeted:
Today I gave a live national briefing on the extremely dangerous #HurricaneDorian from NEMA Headquarters. This is probably the saddest and worst day for me to address the Bahamian people. We are facing a hurricane that we have never seen in The Bahamas. Please pray for us. pic.twitter.com/YOCoOaHI6x
— Dr Hubert Minnis (@minnis_dr) September 1, 2019
The eyewall of the hurricane had been battering the Northwestern Bahamas with sustained winds of up to 180 mph and wind gusts of up to 200 mph since Sunday morning, making it the strongest hurricane in modern records to hit the Abaco Islands.
Reports out of the Bahamas say that the Grand Bahama Freeport airport is 5 feet underwater.
I’ve been in constant communication with President @realDonaldTrump, @fema officials as well as the governors of neighboring states in #Dorian’s path. The President has assured all of us that we have his full support. We are in this together.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) September 1, 2019
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