Hurricane Dorian downgraded to Category 4 as it heads towards Florida

Devdiscourse News Desk | Washington DC | Updated: 02-09-2019 20:56 IST | Created: 02-09-2019 20:34 IST
Hurricane Dorian downgraded to Category 4 as it heads towards Florida

Hurricane Dorian has been downgraded to Category 4 on Monday but is still very powerful and is likely to move "dangerously close" to Florida's east coast, U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. Earlier in the day, Dorian battered the Bahamas on Monday, peeling off roofs and snapping power lines as rising floodwaters threatened to engulf houses.

The maximum sustained winds of Hurricane Dorian were recorded at 155 mph, resulting in its downgrading as Category 5 hurricanes start at 156 mph on the five-step Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale.

The hurricane will move dangerously close to Florida's east coast tonight through Wednesday evening, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) has said in an advisory. Orders to evacuate over a million people along the US coast have been issued by the authorities.

NHC added that Dorian will continue to bring catastrophic winds and storm surges as it moves over Grand Bahama Island.

Earlier in the day, the Bahamas Press reported on Twitter that a 7-year-old boy had drowned in the northern Bahamas, becoming the first recorded fatality of Dorian.

Live location of Hurricane Dorian can be tracked in the widget below.



Addressing conflict-related sexual violence at long last

... ...

Why unequal access to coronavirus vaccines is a threat to us all

... ...

India’s love affair with fossil fuels: the path to sustainable development?

... ...


Latest News

233 new COVID-19 cases in a day in Rajasthan; CM warns strict measures if protocol not followed

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Rajasthan rose to 3,21,356 on Saturday with 233 more people contracting the viral disease, according to a health department bulletin.The death toll, however, remained unchanged at 2,789, it said.Rajasth...

Iranian firefighters contain fuel tanks blaze at Afghan border

Firefighters from Iran contained a blaze at a border crossing with Afghanistan after three fuel storage tanks caught fire on Saturday, officials told Iranian media.Abolhassan Mirjalili, a senior emergency official in Irans South Khorasan pr...

Europe staggers as infectious variants power virus surge

The virus swept through a nursery school and an adjacent elementary school in the Milan suburb of Bollate with amazing speed. In a matter of just days, 45 children and 14 staff members had tested positive.Genetic analysis confirmed what off...

Senate passes Biden's $1.9T COVID-19 bill on party-line vote

The Senate on Saturday passed President Joe Bidens 1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan in a party-line vote after an all-night session that saw Democrats battling among themselves over jobless aid and the Republican minority failing in attemp...

Give Feedback