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ALERT #27 ON HURRICANE DORIAN ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY SUNDAY, 1ST SEPTEMBER 2019 AT 3AM EDT.

BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY Forecast Office Section Telephone No. 377-7178/377-7040 Fax No. 377-5275 Nassau, Bahamas ALERT #27 ON HURRICANE DORIAN ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY SUNDAY, 1ST SEPTEMBER 2019 AT 3AM EDT. … EXTREMELY DANGEROUS HURRICANE DORIAN IS CLOSING IN ON ABACO AND GRAND BAHAMA …. A HURRICANE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR […]

BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY
Forecast Office Section
Telephone No. 377-7178/377-7040
Fax No. 377-5275
Nassau, Bahamas

ALERT #27 ON HURRICANE DORIAN ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY SUNDAY, 1ST SEPTEMBER 2019 AT 3AM EDT.

… EXTREMELY DANGEROUS HURRICANE DORIAN IS CLOSING IN ON ABACO AND GRAND BAHAMA ….
A HURRICANE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR PORTIONS OF THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS WHICH INCLUDES: NORTH ELEUTHERA, ABACO, GRAND BAHAMA, BIMINI, THE BERRY ISLANDS AND NEW PROVIDENCE.

A HURRICANE WARNING MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS COULD AFFECT THE MENTIONED ISLANDS WITHIN 36 HOURS.A HURRICANE WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR NORTH ANDROS.
A HURRICANE WATCH MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS COULD AFFECT THE MENTIONED ISLAND WITHIN 48 HOURS.

AT 2AM EDT, THE CENTER OF HURRICANE DORIAN WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 26.3 DEGREES NORTH AND LONGITUDE 75.6 DEGREES WEST OR ABOUT 85 MILES NORTHEAST OF GOVERNOR’S HARBOUR, ELEUTHERA; 95 MILES EAST OF MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO; 135 MILES NORTHEAST OF NEW PROVIDENCE; AND 147 MILES SOUTHEAST OF EAST END, GRAND BAHAMA.
HURRICANE DORIAN IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST AT NEAR 8 MPH AND A SLOWER WESTWARD MOTION IS FORECAST FOR THE NEXT DAY OR TWO, FOLLOWED BY A GRADUAL TURN TOWARD THE NORTHWEST. ON THIS TRACK, THE CORE OF DORIAN SHOULD BE NEAR OR OVER ABACO AND GRAND BAHAMA TODAY.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS REMAIN NEAR 150 MILES PER HOUR WITH HIGHER GUSTS. DORIAN IS A STRONG CATEGORY 4 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.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 30 MILES FROM THE CENTER AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 105 MILES FROM THE CENTER.
CURRENTLY, THE FEEDER BANDS OF HURRICANE DORIAN IS PRODUCING SHOWERS OVER THE ISLANDS OF ELEUTHERA, CAT ISLAND ABACO, AND SHOULD HURRICANE DORIAN REMAIN ON THE
LATEST FORECAST TRACK THROUGH TONIGHT, RESIDENTS IN ABACO WILL BEGIN TO EXPERIENCE TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS MOMENTARILY AND HURRICANE FORCE WINDS LATER THIS MORNING.

MEANWHILE, RESIDENTS IN EAST GRAND BAHAMA COULD BEGIN TO EXPERIENCE TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS AT ABOUT 9AM AND HURRICANE FORCE WINDS AT ABOUT 7PM. TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS ARE FORECAST TO BEGIN IN WEST END, GRAND BAHAMA AT ABOUT 8PM AND INCREASE IN STRENGTH THROUGH TONIGHT. TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS ARE TO BE EXPERIENCED IN NEW PROVIDENCE AROUND 9AM THIS MORNING. THE EYE OF DORIAN IS FORECAST TO PASS OVER TREASURE CAY, ABACO AT ABOUT LATER THIS MORNING OR EARLY THIS AFTERNOON. RESIDENTS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD NOT BE DECEIVED BY THE LULL IN THE WINDS AS THE EYE PASSES BUT REMAIN INDOORS AND PREPARE FOR THE SECOND PHASE OF THE HURRICANE.

SINCE DORIAN IS EXPECTED TO SLOW DOWN AS IT NEARS THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS, A PROLONGED PERIOD OF LIFE-THREATENING STORM SURGE ACCOMPANIED BY LARGE AND DESTRUCTIVE WAVES UP TO 15 FEET ABOVE NORMAL TIDE CAN BE EXPECTED ALONG THE EASTERN AND NORTHERN SHORES OF ELEUTHERA AND ABACO TODAY AND THE NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN SHORES OF GRAND BAHAMA TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY.

DORIAN IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 10 TO 15 INCHES OVER PORTIONS OF ABACO AND GRAND BAHAMA AND 2 TO 4 INCHES OVER THE REMAINDER OF THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS AND THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS.

MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO REMAIN IN PORT AS LARGE TO DANGEROUS SWELLS ARE LIKELY.
THE NEXT ALERT ON HURRICANE DORIAN WILL BE ISSUED AT 6AM EDT SUNDAY, 1ST SEPTEMBER 2019.
PREPARED BY: M. STUBBS (CCO)/S. MATHER

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