Meteorologists provide analysis and impact when covering dangerous hurricanes

Above photo: NHC senior hurricane specialist Dan Brown and branch chief Dr. Mike Brennan observe hurricanes in both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. NOAA photo | Mike Mascaro

Tori Collins | Reporter & Intern |

Meteorologists are critical resources for journalists and are part of weather news teams as they continue to analyze the storm’s data and provide breaking news on what might be the strongest hurricane in Atlantic history: Hurricane Dorian.

Ken Graham is the Director of the National Hurricane Center (NCH) based out of Miami, Fla. NHC photo

National Hurricane Center (NHC) Director Ken Graham IS LIVE from the operation area of NHC observing satellite images of Hurricane Dorian.

NHC is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Commerce that focuses on the conditions of the oceans, major waterways and the atmosphere.

Graham said the eye of the hurricane is moving very slowly causing more powerful winds.

“If I draw a circle around the eye you can see that there is just not much movement, continuing to get those strong force winds,” said Graham as he points to the satellite images of Hurricane Dorian in NHC’s operations live link. “We’re still maintaining 155 mile an hour winds.”

The National Hurricane Center is located in Miami, Fla. and is part of NOAA, the National Oceanic National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA photo

Graham further said as Hurricane Dorian moves through the Bahamas, it is expected that Florida will be impacted by heavy rain and strong winds. Update: At 4:42 p.m., the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that Hurricane Dorian has arrived on the outer banks of South Florida.

Graham spoke with President Trump and other senior U.S. officials today via a live web link about Hurricane Dorian.

Dorian is a “textbook case of a very powerful hurricane.

Ken Graham, Director of the National Hurricane Center, told President Trump

He said the storm was so large that it could wreak significant damage even far from its eye. There was still “so much uncertainty” over the forecast track because even a tiny variance in the storm’s behavior could change it’s path significantly, said Graham.

“The big question,” Graham said, was where the storm actual ends up turning to the east, out into the Atlantic, as it heads north along the U.S. coast.

Ken Graham

“The other thing we need to look at is, look at how the rain bands are starting to impact parts of Florida,” Graham said as he points to the satellite images of Hurricane Dorain  in NHC’s operations area.

“They’re [the rain bands] are starting to come on shore, and some reports of 40-50 mile an hour winds as well.”

Tevin Wooten, a meteorologist from The Weather Channel, interviews owners of the Riverside Cafe in Vero Beach, Fla. Twitter photo

The Weather Channel’s On-Camera Meteorologist Tevin Wooten is in Vero Beach, Fla. along the Barrier Island on a live television broadcast about Hurricane Dorian. At the broadcasts time, there is occasional rain and gusty winds. Update: The National Weather Service predicts hurricane conditions throughout the next two days with the possibility of Dorian’s storm leaving the Vero Beach area by Wednesday evening.

“Let me tell you, this is like a horror movie.”

Tevin Wooten from a live television broadcast on The Weather Channel
Tevin Wooten from The Weather Channel

“You’re watching, you can’t turn your eyes away, but you know that there is a bad synereo going on. That synereo right now is a category 4 hurricane by the name of Dorian,” he said.

Wooten said if the strong winds pick up and continue between the Barrier Island bridge and the mainland, it might close, causing heavy traffic. Update: Indian River bridge will close at midnight. Martin and St. Lucie closed at 8 a.m. Monday.

Tori Collins

Tori Collins is a student at Georgia State University studying journalism. She transferred from Georgia Southern University in May 2019. Ga.

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