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Hurricane Dorian now catastrophic category 5 storm with devastating winds

Christian Fernsby |
Dorian is now a category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane WindrnScale.

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At 800 AM EDT (1200 UTC), the distinct eye of Hurricane Dorian was located near latitude 26.5 North, longitude 76.5 West.

Hurricane Dorian is moving toward the west near 8 mph (13 km/h), and a slower westward motion should occur for the next day or two, followed by a gradual turn toward the northwest.

On this track, the core of extremely dangerous Hurricane Dorian should be moving over Great Abaco soon, and continue near or over Grand Bahama Island later tonight and Monday.

The hurricane should move closer to the Florida east coast late Monday through Tuesday night.

Data from an Air Force Hurricane Hunter plane which just penetrated the eye of Dorian indicate that the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 160 mph (260 km/h) with higher gusts.

Some fluctuations in intensity are likely, but Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during the next few days.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles (45 km) from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km).

Elbow Cay in the Abaco Islands just reported winds of 35 mph (56 km/h)

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