Hurricane Dorian regained category 3 – on the Saffir-Simpson intensity scale where 5 is the maximum – with winds of up to 185 kilometers per hour in its slow advance toward the east coast of the United States, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
According to NHC’s latest bulletin at 03:00 GMT Thursday, Michael’s eye is located 170 kilometers south of Charleston (South Carolina) and 365 kilometers south-southwest of Wilmington (North Carolina) and is heading north at a speed of 11 kilometers per hour.
NHC meteorologists warned that Dorian could bring “potentially deadly” storms to the U.S. coast over the next two days.
As predicted, the eye of the hurricane will continue to advance northward for the next few hours until it turns northeast tomorrow night. Along this path it could reach land somewhere along the Carolinas coast.
Dorian, which has so far caused no death or havoc in the United States, in recent hours increased its maximum sustained winds from 165 to 185 kilometers per hour.
The cyclone hit during the weekend with intensity 5 – at its maximum – on the islands of the north of the archipelago of Bahamas, especially the islands of Abaco and Gran Bahama, on which it remained for more than 24 hours in an unusual phenomenon, generating chaos and great destruction.
According to the latest balance sheet of the Bahamian authorities, 20 people died on these islands as a result of Dorian, although the figure is expected to increase as emergency teams reach new devastated areas.
U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock said Wednesday that Dorian has had a “huge” impact on the Bahamas and also said the Caribbean country “has never seen anything of this scale”.