“An onslaught few places on Earth have experienced”
Hurricane Dorian is taking extreme to the next level. With sustained winds of 185 mph Sunday afternoon and evening, the Category 5 storm rose to the top of the charts among the most powerful tropical systems ever observed in the Atlantic Ocean. The winds of 185 mph tied the 1935 Labor Day hurricane, which crushed the Florida Keys, as the strongest storm ever to hit land anywhere in the Atlantic, said Maureen O’Leary, spokeswoman for the National Weather Service.
As this is being written, Grand Bahama Island has suffered an onslaught from this storm that few places on Earth have experienced, remaining in the eyewall of a major Category 4 or 5 storm for over 36 hours, bringing a level of destruction that is hard to comprehend. Warnings and watches are still in place for the coastal United States from Florida through North Carolina; the storm may brush the coast, but not make landfall, or it could track slightly west prompting a landfall.