Hurricane Dorian was officially upgraded to a “catastrophic” Category 5 storm by the National Hurricane Center on Sunday morning. The storm is closing in on parts of the Bahamas, and the NHS notes that “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.”
Maximum sustained winds in the storm have increased to near 160 mph. “Some fluctuations in intensity are likely, but Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during the next few days,” according to the bulletin.
However, forecasters predict the hurricane to be a Category 4 when it begins to arrive at the Florida coast early Tuesday. “Dorian is anticipated to remain an extremely dangerous major hurricane while it moves near the northwestern Bahamas and approaches the Florida peninsula into early next week.”
The hurricane’s projected path appears to have shifted west and north and now appears to just skim Florida’s coast late Monday or early Tuesday. Dorian is now projected to travel past Georgia, South Carolina and even North Carolina mid-week, according to Time.