Hurricane Dorian is one of the strongest hurricanes recorded in the Atlantic. What started as a minimal tropical wave with little chance of developing has now grown into a massive Category 5 storm with winds of at least 175 mph and gusts over 200 mph. Residents who live in the Bahamas are bracing for the worst as the storm could devastate the islands. The track of the storm has been in a westward fashion from the time Dorian developed into a hurricane.
Central Florida, once in the crosshairs of Dorian, are now starting to breathe a sigh of relief as the storm’s forecasted track takes it just along the coast and toward the coast of the Carolinas. However, that track is not set in stone and could change at any time. A high pressure system in the Atlantic has been directing the storm’s path, but there are questions as to whether the system is strong enough to steer it out to sea or if the hurricane will overcome the steering currents, moving to where it wants to go on its own.
As Dorian strengthened to a Category 5 storm, it started impacting the Bahamas just before the Labor Day holiday. The storm surge could be several feet high with massive flooding across the islands and power that could be out for days or weeks. Even though the forecasted track has shifted offshore of Florida, some residents are not letting down their guard and are either evacuating or boarding their homes to ride out the hurricane. President Trump has offered his well-wishes to those in the path of the storm. Until Dorian makes his way across the Bahamas, there is really no way to tell if he will continue churning to the west or make the hopeful turn to the north and then out to the Atlantic.