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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Hurricane Dorian is moving nearly stationary as it continues to devastate the Bahamas.
The Category 4 hurricane is about 25 miles northeast of Freeport and roughly 105 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center’s latest advisory.
The storm is producing maximum sustained winds up to 145 mph, with Juno Beach, Florida, reporting a sustained tropical-storm-force gust as a result of Dorian being nearby.
Grand Bahama Island continues to experience catastrophic winds and storm surge. Dorian earlier made landfall on the eastern end of Grand Bahama Island as a powerful Category 5 hurricane. It first made landfall in Elbow Cay, Bahamas, around 12:45 p.m. Sunday with maximum sustained winds of 185 mph.
Hurricane Dorian’s falling wind speeds made it a Category 4 storm Monday morning, and they’ve continued to fall since.
However, Dorian remains an extremely destructive storm.
The most reliable weather computer models have been consistent in keeping the powerful storm just off the Florida coast and away from landfall. These models, however, are not forecasts — and they tend to change with every update.
In fact, some models include parts of Florida’s east coast for significant impacts or a potential landfall.
The following watches and warnings are in effect:
- Hurricane warning: Grand Bahama and the Abacos Islands in the northwestern Bahamas, Jupiter Inlet to Ponte Vedra Beach
- Hurricane watch: North of Deerfield Beach to Jupiter Inlet, Flagler/Volusia County line to the Altamaha Sound Georgia
- Tropical storm warning: North of Deerfield Beach to Jupiter Inlet, north of Ponte Vedra Beach to South Santee River
- Tropical storm watch: North of Golden Beach to Deerfield Beach, Lake Okeechobee
- Storm surge warning: Lantana to Altamaha Sound
- Storm surge watch: North of Deerfield Beach to south of Lantana, Altamaha Sound to South Santee River
The National Hurricane Center said hazards for the islands include winds gusts greater than 180 mph and storm surge 18-23 feet above normal tide levels, with possibly higher waves.
10Weather and National Hurricane Center meteorologists expect the core of Dorian to continue a churn near the Bahamas.
From there, the latest data suggests Dorian will make that eventual slow turn to the north. This is a positive forecast for the Tampa Bay region but one of most concern for Florida’s east coast because a slow, powerful storm that rides the coastline is likely to bring more prolonged and significant impacts.
Again, stay tuned to the latest forecast as Dorian’s track and intensity become more certain.
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