With its maximum sustained winds of 185mph and gusts up to 220mph, Dorian tied the record for the most powerful Atlantic hurricane
ever to come ashore, equalling the Labour Day hurricane of 1935, before the storms were named.
HURRICANE Dorian yesterday intensified into a "catastrophic" category five storm and the second strongest Atlantic hurricane
on record as it hit the Bahamas, which it is expected to be battered with heavy rain, winds and waves for two days.
WASHINGTON -- High Alert in the US over the slow-moving, category five Dorian - the second-strongest Atlantic hurricane
on record - has sustained winds of up to 180mph (285km/h).
A Category 5 Atlantic hurricane
is one that is considered by the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) to have had sustained wind speeds greater than 136 knots (157 mph; 252 km/h or 70 m/s).
The premature end to a weather pattern that suppresses the (https://www.latintimes.com/tropical-storm-dorian-could-pass-through-puerto-rico-will-hit-florida-category-2-444413?utm_source=Cengage&utm_medium=Feed&utm_campaign=Partnerships) formation of hurricanes has prompted the nation's top weather agency to dramatically boost the chances of major, deadly storms during the rest of the (https://www.latintimes.com/hurricane-season-2019-22-tips-stay-safe-during-hurricane-dorian-337479?utm_source=Cengage&utm_medium=Feed&utm_campaign=Partnerships) 2019 Atlantic hurricane
The system, which has been lingering in the open sea for several days, is the fifth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane
season after being upgraded on Tuesday night as it became better organised.
As a result, seasonal forecasters with NOAA's Climate Prediction Center have increased the likelihood of an above-normal Atlantic hurricane
season to 45% (up from 30% from the outlook issued in May).
To arrive at this estimate of loss, RMS simulated wind and storm surge impacts using the North Atlantic Hurricane
Model, plus ensemble footprints, which are hazard reconstructions of Michael's wind and surge fields informed by observational datasets.
It is rare for an Atlantic hurricane
to reach the Iberian Peninsula, and it is thought this could be the most powerful to hit Portugal since 1842.
The likelihood of a below-normal Atlantic hurricane
season was brought up to 60 percent, 25 percent more from May, by seasonal forecasters with NOAA's Climate Prediction Center.
The always volatile Atlantic hurricane
season began June 1.