As powerful Hurricane Dorian batters the northwestern Bahamas late Sunday afternoon, there’s an important change in watches and warnings in Florida.
A hurricane warning is now in effect from Jupiter Inlet north to the Volusia/Brevard county line. A storm surge warning is also in effect from Lantana to the Volusia/Brevard county line. Hurricane force winds and life-threatening storm surge can be expected in those areas. A hurricane watch is now in effect for just north of Deerfield Beach to Jupiter Inlet. Hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area.
At 5 pm Sunday, Dorian was located near 26.6 North, 77.3 West, about 95 miles east of Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. Maximum sustained winds were 185 miles per hour. Dorian is moving west at 5 miles per hour.
We’re watching for Dorian to slow down and make a northward turn late on Monday into Tuesday.
South Florida is already getting some showers associated with Dorian’s outer bands. Tropical storm force winds are expected to arrive early Monday morning.
Video starting to come in showing violent#HurricaneDorian hitting the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas. (via J. Scott Ferguson). Second video is from our friends at Space Coast TV shot at Melbourne Beach