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Hurricane Dorian Notable Facts

The information below comes from Philip Klotzbach

Hurricane Dorian Meteorological Records/Notable Facts Recap
Valid as of 8am EDT – September 3, 2019
Lifetime refers to storm lifetime through 8am EDT on September 3

Intensity Measures

– 185 mph lifetime maximum sustained winds – tied with Gilbert (1988) and
Wilma (2005) for the 2nd strongest maximum sustained winds in the Atlantic basin
since 1950. Allen (1980) had maximum sustained winds of 190 mph.

– 185 mph maximum sustained winds by Dorian were the strongest on record by
any hurricane in the Atlantic basin outside of the tropics (>23.5°N)

– 910 hPa lifetime minimum central pressure – tied for 9th lowest pressure
(Hurricane Ivan-2004 also had 910 hPa lifetime minimum central pressure) in the
Atlantic basin since 1980.
Note: Pressure records are not consistently reported in the Atlantic hurricane
database prior to 1980.

Landfall Records
– Abaco Island: 185 mph, 911 hPa – Category 5

– Strongest hurricane on record to make landfall in the Bahamas (by
pressure)

– Tied with Dorian’s landfall intensity on Grand Bahama for strongest
hurricane on record to make landfall in the Bahamas by maximum sustained wind

– First Category 5 hurricane on record to make landfall on Abaco Island

– Grand Bahama: 185 mph, 914 hPa – Category 5

– Tied with Dorian’s landfall on Abaco for strongest hurricane on record to
make landfall in the Bahamas (based on maximum sustained wind)

– First Category 5 hurricane on record to make landfall on Grand Bahama
Island

Duration Records

– Dorian tracked only ~25 miles in 24 hours – the 2
and shortest straight-line distance tracked by an Atlantic major hurricane in a 24-hour period since
1950 (trailing only Hurricane Betsy in 1965 which tracked only ~12 miles in
a straight-line distance in a 24-hour period).

Mark Schnackenberg

Chief Meteorologist

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