Hurricane Dorian has developed into a Category 4 storm, with potentially deadly winds greater than 140mph (225kmh). Hurricane Dorian continues to gather pace as it crosses the warm Atlantic and is expected to wreck destruction when it makes landfall in the US. As the storm swells closer to land, satellites operated by US space agency NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) continue to track Hurricane Dorian’s progress.
The International Space Station’s twitter feed captioned their latest video: “Cameras outside the space station captured these views of rapidly intensifying #HurricaneDorian at 12.18pm ET on August 30 as it churned over the Atlantic Ocean.”
And a NASA post added: “A team of @NASA scientists are working with emergency responders preparing for #HurricaneDorian2019.
“Beginning with a map of soil moisture to predict possible flooding risks, the team will use satellite data to help communities affected by the storm.”
The Bahamas will start to experience storm winds as early as 4 or 5am local time on Sunday, Basil Dean, Deputy Director of Bahamas Department of Meteorology.
He said: ”And from there onwards, things will go downhill as the hurricane force winds are expected to follow.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency, urging residents to stockpile enough supplies for a week.
The Bahamas Prime Minister has warned residents they may pay with their life if they choose not to evacuate.
And President Donald Trump said the storm Category 4 hurricane with 140mph winds looks like it “can be an absolute monster.”
What is Hurricane Dorian?
Hurricane Dorian is the fourth hurricane of Atlantic Hurricane season.
Dorian has continued to strengthen as it tracks through the Atlantic Ocean.
NOAA’s National Hurricane Centre released its latest update at 5am EDT, warning Dorian could collide with the Florida peninsula by late Monday.
Dorian is barreling toward the US at 140mph with even higher wind gusts, moving over the Atlantic well north of the Bahamas.
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As Dorian spins northwestward it is expected to strengthen, potentially up to 150 mph.
Category 5 winds are from 157mph and higher.
A hurricane warning was issued for the northwestern Bahamas excluding Andros Island, where a hurricane watch remained in effect.
The National Hurricane Center said: ”A warning is typically issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.”