Hurricane Dorian has made its third landfall as a Category 5 as it continues to pound the northwestern Bahamas, becoming the first hurricane of that intensity to make landfall on Grand Bahama Island. Dorian still poses a dangerous threat to Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and southeastern Virginia in the days ahead.
Dorian made its first landfall on Elbow Cay, in the Abacos of the northwestern Bahamas, at 12:40 p.m. EDT Sunday. It then made a second landfall on Great Abaco Island near Marsh Harbour at 2 p.m. EDT Sunday. Dorian’s third landfall occurred on the eastern end of Grand Bahama Island about 11 p.m. EDT Sunday night.
Maximum sustained winds topped out at 185 mph on Sunday, putting Dorian in a tie for the second-highest sustained wind speed among all Atlantic hurricanes. It also tied the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane in the Florida Keys as the strongest landfalling hurricane in the Atlantic Basin.
Dorian was upgraded to Category 5 status Sunday morning after an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter mission confirmed winds had increased to above 157 mph.