Category 5 Hurricane Dorian Devastates Northern Bahamas — September 1, 2019

As I predicted in this article, Hurricane Dorian has strengthened to a Category 5 hurricane. It is currently devastating the northern Bahama islands — to the point where it can cause damage catastrophic enough to potentially reshape its landscape permanently — as the strongest hurricane with a landfall on record in the Atlantic basin with maximum sustained winds of 185 miles per hour and wind gusts as strong as an unprecedented 220 miles per hour as landfall occurred at Elbow Cay earlier today.

Category 5 Hurricane Dorian Devastates Northern Bahamas — September 1, 2019

Hurricane Dorian

Source: National Hurricane Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States.

Strengthening to a Category 5 hurricane was bound to happen, in my opinion, as the forward movement of the storm slowed to seven miles per hour as it moved west. Hurricanes feed on warm water for strength and survival; and conditions of the area of the Atlantic Ocean over which it is located were ideal and conducive to it becoming more powerful. The slowing down of the hurricane allowed it more time to strengthen…

…but interestingly enough, that same slowdown will likely be sparing most of the southeastern coast of the United States from its full brunt, as a high pressure system over Bermuda is expected to help steer the tropical system westward and then northward before weakening and allowing a cold front to keep the landfall of the storm from occurring. Even still, the storm is still expected to be a hurricane when it passes well east of the border of North Carolina and Virginia.

Although landfall of Hurricane Dorian may never occur on the east coast of the United States, that does not mean that coastal regions of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina will not be affected by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, states of emergency are officially in effect in all four states.

Both a hurricane watch and storm surge watch have been issued from north of Deerfield Beach to the border between Volusia and Brevard counties along the coast of Florida; and a tropical storm warning is in effect from north of Deerfield Beach to Sebastian Inlet. A tropical storm watch is also in effect from north of Golden Beach to Deerfield Beach, as well as Lake Okeechobee. These areas can expect torrential rains, destructive wind gusts, storm surge and localized flooding.

Both Orlando International Airport and Daytona Beach Airport had initially announced that operations would cease for tomorrow, Monday, September 2, 2019 — but official announcements from both airports have since indicated that they will stay open for business.

Nassau International Airport is still in operation for today, Sunday, September 1, 2019; but the next update is not due until 7:00 tomorrow morning.

The eye of the hurricane is clearly well developed, which indicates the strength of the storm.

Lodging Statements Pertaining to Hurricane Dorian

This official statement pertaining to Hurricane Dorian was issued by Marriott International, Incorporated:

We are closely monitoring the path of Hurricane Dorian, and our hotels in the predicted path have implemented storm preparation protocols. We are in close contact with local authorities, and will take guidance and direction from them as the situation warrants. We encourage those planning to travel to the storm area to check news updates for the most current information, and amend plans accordingly. Hotels in the impacted area are reviewing their cancellation fees; details may vary by hotel. To modify or cancel an existing reservation, please go to Marriott.com or the Marriott app.

This official statement pertaining to Hurricane Dorian was issued by Hilton:

Hilton continues to monitor the progress of Hurricane Dorian.

The safety and security of our guests and Team Members is always our top priority. All properties in the storm’s path have implemented their hurricane preparedness plans and emergency procedures. We remain in close contact with local authorities and our tourism partners.

For guests whose travel plans may be impacted by Hurricane Dorian, modification and cancellation penalties may be waived. We encourage guests to contact 1-800-HILTONS for the most updated information on cancellation policies for hotels in the storm’s path. For information regarding Hurricane Dorian, please visit the National Hurricane Center website at www.nhc.noaa.gov.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to the Bahamas and the southeastern coast of the United States over the next few days, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this tropical weather system which may adversely affect your travel plans. Better yet, postponing or canceling your trip might be a better option — no matter which mode of travel you plan on taking.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary. If you are driving in any of these areas, watch out for deteriorating weather conditions and traffic problems.

Here are 12 airlines which have issued travel alerts — or are at least monitoring the storm — as a result of this tropical weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for
    • 13 airports in Florida for Thursday, August 29, 2019 through Wednesday, September 4, 2019; and Wednesday, September 11, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Freeport, George Town, Marsh Harbour, Nassau and Providenciales for Friday, August 30, 2019 through Monday, September 7, 2019; and Tuesday, September 10, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued travel alerts for:
  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for Nassau and nine airports in Florida for Thursday, August 29, 2019 through Friday, September 6, 2019; and Friday, September 13, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Alaska Airlines has issued travel alerts for Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa and Charleston for Sunday, September 1, 2019 through Wednesday, September 4, 2019; and Wednesday, September 11, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Southwest Airlines has issued travel alerts for:
    • Nassau for Tuesday, August 27, 2019 through Thursday, September 5, 2019; and Thursday, September 19, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Six airports in Florida for Saturday, August 31, 2019 through Thursday, September 5, 2019; and Thursday, September 19, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Charleston for Sunday, September 1, 2019 through Friday, September 6, 2019; and Friday, September 20, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • JetBlue Airways has issued travel alerts for:
    • Nassau for Friday, August 30, 2019 through Monday, September 2, 2019; and Saturday, September 7, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Seven airports in Florida for Friday, August 30, 2019 through Tuesday, September 3, 2019; and Tuesday, September 10, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Frontier Airlines has issued travel alerts for:
    • Eight airports in Florida for Sunday, September 1, 2019 through Wednesday, September 4, 2019; and Friday, September 27, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Punta Cana and San Juan for Monday, August 26, 2019 through Friday, August 30, 2019; and Friday, September 20, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Spirit Airways has issued travel alerts for:
  • Allegiant Air has issued travel alerts for nine airports in three states and San Juan for Sunday, September 1, 2019 through Tuesday, September 3, 2019.
  • Sun Country Airlines has issued travel alerts for Orlando and Fort Myers for Sunday, September 1, 2019 through Wednesday, September 4, 2019; and Tuesday, September 10, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has issued travel alerts for:
  • BahamasAir has canceled all flights to and from Georgetown, Exuma from Sunday, September 1, 2019 until further notice.

Summary

Be sure to contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — if they are adversely affected — and please: travel safely.

Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

2 thoughts on “Category 5 Hurricane Dorian Devastates Northern Bahamas — September 1, 2019”

  1. Carl says:

    In the linked article, you said ‘possibly’ become a cat 5. So no prediction points for you!

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Oh, all right, Carl!

      Thank you for making me smile anyway, darn it…

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