Dorian makes landfall as Historic category 5 Hurricane but brings drier weather to Gulf Coast

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Mobile, Ala. (WKRG) – Happy weekend!

Hurricane Dorian is now a category 5 hurricane. Dorian made landfall in Elbow Cay, Abacos in the Bahamas around noon. As of 10PM wind speeds are at 180 mph with a central pressure of 914 mb and the storm is 55 miles east of Freeport, Grand Bahama or 135 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida. Gusts in this storm have been over 220 mph with storm surge 18 to 23 feet above normal levels with high destructive waves according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm is moving slowly west at 5 mph. This the 2nd strongest hurricane ever in the Atlantic Basin. This is considered a very dangerous storm and should be taken very seriously. That being said, the latest National Hurricane Center track has it sticking to the Atlantic east coast affecting Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. At this point, we are highly confident that Dorian will not impact our area with hurricane or tropical storm conditions. It will however bring us a very dry week. Given how hurricane Dorian is rotating (as a low pressure – counterclockwise), our community will be in an area of northerly flow, bringing us hot temperatures and little to no rain chance for our extended outlook past today. A cold front is scheduled to pass by Thursday and bump us back down a few degrees. Some inland areas may see lows in the mid 60’s Friday morning and Saturday morning.

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