MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Hurricane Dorian is an extremely dangerous category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 180 mph and gusts up to 220 mph. In regards to wind speed, when Dorian’s winds reached 185 mph, it tied for the second strongest Atlantic hurricane on record. Per the National Hurricane Center, Dorian is "the strongest hurricane is modern records for the northwestern Bahamas.” Dorian wreaked havoc on the Abacos Islands earlier Sunday, and is now lashing at Grand Bahama.
The northwestern Bahamas will experience a prolonged period of disastrous wind, storm-surge, and heavy rain as the hurricane stalls. From there, it will turn north, but the exact path north still isn’t known. It could make landfall in east Florida, hug the coast but not make landfall, or stay well offshore. At this time, the east coast of Florida, coastal Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina are all at risk for storm surge, strong winds, flooding and spin-up tornadoes through much of next week. Hurricane Watches and Warning are now in place for areas along the east coast of Florida.
In Alabama, this storm will impact us differently. We’ll be the bulls eye for dry air wrapping around Dorian, and out forecast will be warm and sunny next week.
Our winds shift to come out of the north for Labor Day, and drier, less humid air filters in. It will be a great holiday to spend outside! From Monday onward, expect warm and sunny conditions.