Hurricane Dorian hits Cat 5

According to the National Hurricane Center, Dorian has reached the most powerful of Hurricanes, a category 5. Data from an Air Force Hurricane Hunter plane which just penetrated the eye of Dorian indicate that the maximum sustained winds have maximum sustained winds of 180mph, making Dorian the strongest hurricane in modern records to hit the north western Bahamas.

Forecasters are expecting the storm to take a northeastern turn and follow the east coast. Not directly hitting the mainland with the eye, but causing storm surge and high winds wreaking damage in its path.

Latest press conference has estimated that winds at the eye have reached 180 m.p.h.

Storm trackers, are having difficulty determining the exact path of the hurricane due to its unpredictability.

UPDATE:

At 11:00am EST, it was reported that the storm had taken a more western path, putting it closer to the eastern edge of Florida.


From the National Hurricane Center

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 180 mph (285 km/h)
with higher gusts.  Dorian is a extremely dangerous category 5
hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.  Some
fluctuations in intensity are likely, but Dorian is expected to
remain a powerful hurricane during the next few days.
Wind gusts up to 220 mph
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