Hurricane Dorian makes landfall in Bahamas, U.S. east coast prepping for impact

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(WTNH) — Hurricane Dorian, a storm that was upgraded to a category 5 storm Sunday morning, has made landfall in Elbow Cay, Bahamas.

Dorian touched down in Elbow Cay at 12:40 p.m. moving west at 8 mph..

The storm’s wind speeds have rapidly increased throughout the morning from 150 mph at 4 a.m., to 180 mph at 11 a.m.

By the time Dorian hit Elbow Cay, its wind speeds reached over 220 mph and the storm surge was measured between 18-23 feet above normal tide levels.

The island is expected to see life-threatening storm surges, extreme rainfall, and hurricane-force winds going into the evening hours.

Bahama’s Prime Minister warned the public:

“Let me be clear: those who refuse to evacuate place themselves in great danger from this very powerful and potentially life-threatening hurricane.”

– Hubert Minnis, PM of The Bahamas

What you need to know:

  • This is an extremely powerful hurricane
  • The wind gusts and storm surge (expected at 15-20 feet high) are predicted to devastate the tiny islands
  • The speed of the storm is slowing so some parts of the islands may be within the storm eye wall for 24-30 hours.
  • The time for evacuation in the Bahamas has passed; people are warned to seek high-ground shelter immediately

Electric trucks from more than 30 states and Canada are pre-positioned in Daytona Beach, ready to respond coordinating with the federal government.

President Trump has received a briefing at Camp David as Dorian continues towards Florida.

The National Hurricane Center is predicting the storm will remain a category 5 for about 24-48 hours:

All models consistently predict the storm to track off the coast of Florida, up the east coast, and weaken around Tuesday, effecting the Carolinas and Georgia. Though Florida may not take a direct hit, it will certainly get a lot of rain and wind to some capacity.

Hurricane watches have been posted up and down the Treasure Coast.

Stay tuned to News 8 for Storm Team 8’s storm updates throughout the week.

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