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DORIAN DRIFTING WESTWARD; PARTS OF GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND BEING LASHED INCESSANTLY WITH DESTRUCTIVE HURRICANE-FORCE WINDS; 4:00 AM EDT Mon Sep 2, Location: 26.6°N 78.1°W, Moving: W at 1 mph,
Min pressure: 916 mb; Max sustained winds: 165 mph


The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image of Hurricane Dorian at 2:05 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (18:05 Universal Time) on September 1, 2019. Around this time of this image, Dorian was a powerful category 5 storm with sustained winds of 185 miles (295 kilometers) per hour. The center of the storm appears directly over Great Abaco, an island in the northern Bahamas. The U.S. National Hurricane Center reported that Dorian had become the strongest hurricane on record in the northwestern Bahamas….” https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/145555/hurricane-dorian-pounds-the-bahamas

4 AM Update follows VOA News articles;
General info about the Bahamas (demographics, economy, GDP, etc) follows 4 AM Update.

Latest hurricane updates are at Hurricanes.gov
Bahamas PM: ‘This Is the Worst Day of My Life’
By VOA News September 1, 2019 02:43 PM

Link: https://youtu.be/6RE0r2UiK84
Last updated: Sept. 1, 2019 at 8:50 P.M.
Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis calls Sunday “the worst day of my life” as Hurricane Dorian pummels the islands as the strongest Atlantic storm in 84 years.

“Many had not heeded the warning. Many have remained behind and still there are individuals within the West End area who still refuse to leave,” he said at a Nassau news conference. “I can only say to them that I hope this is not the last time they will hear my voice.”

Dorian is pounding Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas and Grand Bahama Island as a monstrous Category 5 storm, with top sustained winds of 295 kilometers per hour.

What makes Dorian especially dangerous is its slow speed. As of late Sunday, Dorian was crawling at just 7 kilometers per hour, slower than many people can walk. Its powerful winds and massive amount of rain – as much as 76 centimeters – have plenty of time to cause heavy damage.

Dorian now has its sights on the U.S. East Coast. Its projected path has it coming dangerously close to Florida Monday and into Tuesday.

Hurricane warnings and watches are out from north of Miami to Daytona Beach.
States of emergency have been declared in Florida, Georgia, and North and South Carolina

U.S. President Donald Trump canceled a trip to Poland to stay home to monitor the storm. He visited Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters Sunday, urging everyone in “Hurricane Dorian’s path to heed all warnings and evacuation orders from local authorities.”

Forecasters predict Dorian will affect much of the Atlantic Coast throughout the week, from Georgia, the Carolinas, and Virginia. Areas as far north as the tip of New Jersey could experience heavy rain and tropical force winds by Friday.https://www.voanews.com/usa/bahamas-pm-worst-day-my-life

Updated version:
Catastrophic’ Hurricane Dorian Hits Bahamas
By VOA News September 2, 2019 12:59 AM
The center of Hurricane Dorian is making its way across Grand Bahama Island with a life-threatening storm surge, drenching rains and what forecasters called “catastrophic” winds.

Dorian presents extra danger to the island because of its slow speed, moving westward at only 9 kilometers per hour early Monday.  

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm could drop 30 to 60 centimeters of rain across the northwestern Bahamas, with 75 centimeters in isolated areas.

Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said Sunday was “the worst day of my life” as the storm pummeled the islands with top sustained winds of 295 kilometers per hour.

“Many had not heeded the warning. Many have remained behind and still there are individuals within the West End area who still refuse to leave,” he said at a Nassau news conference. “I can only say to them that I hope this is not the last time they will hear my voice.”

Officials in states along the southeastern U.S. coast have issued their own warnings and ordered people to evacuate the most vulnerable areas.  Evacuation orders go into effect Monday in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

“Hurricane Dorian is the strongest storm to ever threaten the state of Florida on the East Coast,” said Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz. “No matter what path this storm takes, our state will be impacted. We will continue to work around the clock to prepare.”

The NHC expects the storm to take a turn to the northeast in the coming days, but how much it turns and how quickly will determine the extent of Dorian’s effects.  For now, forecasters have put hurricane warnings in place for about half of Florida’s coast with the storm expected to bring hurricane conditions there by late Monday through Tuesday.

U.S. President Donald Trump canceled a trip to Poland to stay home to monitor the storm. He visited Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters Sunday, urging everyone in “Hurricane Dorian’s path to heed all warnings and evacuation orders from local authorities.”

Forecasters predict Dorian will affect much of the Atlantic Coast throughout the week, from Georgia, the Carolinas, and Virginia. Areas as far north as the tip of New Jersey could experience heavy rain and tropical force winds by Friday.https://www.voanews.com/usa/catastrophic-hurricane-dorian-hits-bahama

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WTNT65 KNHC 020755
TCUAT5

Hurricane Dorian Tropical Cyclone Update
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL052019
400 AM EDT Mon Sep 02 2019

…DORIAN DRIFTING WESTWARD…
…PARTS OF GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND BEING LASHED INCESSANTLY WITH
DESTRUCTIVE HURRICANE-FORCE WINDS…

This is a life-threatening situation. Residents on Grand Bahama
Island should not leave their shelter when the eye passes over, as
winds will rapidly increase on the other side of the eye. Residents
in the Abacos should continue to stay in their shelter until
conditions subside later today.

Hazards:
– Wind Gusts to 200 mph
– Storm Surge 18 to 23 feet above normal tide levels with higher
destructive waves

These hazards will continue over Grand Bahama Island during most of
the day, causing extreme destruction on the island.

SUMMARY OF 400 AM EDT…0800 UTC…INFORMATION
———————————————-
LOCATION…26.6N 78.1W
ABOUT 40 MI…65 KM E OF FREEPORT GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND
ABOUT 125 MI…200 KM E OF WEST PALM BEACH FLORIDA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…165 MPH…270 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…W OR 270 DEGREES AT 1 MPH…2 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…916 MB…27.05 INCHES
$$ Forecaster Berg
https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCUAT5+shtml/020755.shtml

Link to another video showing impacts: https://youtu.be/P6ShYNAAyAQ

Short summary re the Bahamas. The indigenous Bahamians (Lucayan-Indians) were sent into slavery in Hispaniola (now Haiti and the Dominican Republic), and perhaps elsewhere.

Lucayan Indians inhabited the islands when Christopher COLUMBUS first set foot in the New World on San Salvador in 1492. British settlement of the islands began in 1647; the islands became a colony in 1783.

Piracy thrived in the 17th and 18th centuries because of The Bahamas close proximity to shipping lanes.

Since attaining independence from the UK in 1973, The Bahamas has prospered through tourism, international banking, and investment management, which comprise up to 85% of GDP.

Because of its proximity to the US – the nearest Bahamian landmass being only 80 km (50 mi) from Florida – the country is a major transshipment point for illicit trafficking, particularly to the US mainland, as well as Europe.

US law enforcement agencies cooperate closely with The Bahamas, and the US Coast Guard assists Bahamian authorities in coastal defense through Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, or OPBAT.

The Bahamas has the second highest per capita GDP in the English-speaking Caribbean with an economy heavily dependent on tourism and financial services. Tourism accounts for approximately 50% of GDP and directly or indirectly employs half of the archipelago’s labor force. Financial services constitute the second-most important sector of the Bahamian economy, accounting for about 15% of GDP. Manufacturing and agriculture combined contribute less than 7% of GDP and show little growth, despite government incentives aimed at those sectors. The new government led by Prime Minister Hubert MINNIS has prioritized addressing fiscal imbalances and rising debt, which stood at 75% of GDP in 2016. Large capital projects like the Baha Mar Casino and Hotel are driving growth. Public debt increased in 2017 in large part due to hurricane reconstruction and relief financing. The primary fiscal balance was a deficit of 0.4% of GDP in 2016. The Bahamas is the only country in the Western Hemisphere that is not a member of the World Trade Organization.

Transshipment point for cocaine and marijuana bound for US and Europe; offshore financial center https://www.cia. gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/bf.html https://archive.li/h92AA

GDP Comparison: https://www.cia. gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/211rank.html#BF https://archive.li/vJH6Z
https://www.cia. gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/208rank.html#BF
https://archive.li/3Zic9