HURRICANE Dorian is extremely dangerous and poses a threat to northwestern Bahamas and Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
As at 2 p.m. it is located about 715 kilometres northwest off Bahamas and 1005 km off West Palm Beach in Florida.
It is now a Category 3 Hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 185 kmph.
At 2 p.m. AST, the eye of Dorian was was located near latitude 24.8 North, longitude 70.3 West.
According to the NHC, Dorian is moving toward the northwest near 17 kmph.
The NHC stated:
“A slower west-northwestward to westward motion should begin tonight (Friday) and continue into early next week.
“On this track, the core of Dorian should move over the Atlantic well north of the southeastern and central Bahamas today and tomorrow, be near or over the northwestern Bahamas on Sunday, and be near the Florida peninsula late Monday.
“Data from a reconnaissance plane indicate that with maximum sustained winds have increased to near 185 kmph with higher gusts.
“Dorian is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
“Additional strengthening is forecast, and Dorian is anticipated to remain an extremely dangerous major hurricane while it moves near the northwestern Bahamas and approaches the Florida peninsula into early next week.
“Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 km from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 165 km.
“The minimum central pressure recently estimated from an Air Force reconnaissance plane was 970 mb (28.64 inches).