Many meteorologists have advocated adding a “Category 6” and even a “Category 7” to the Saffir Simpson Scale.
The record-breaking power of Hurricane Dorian will certainly renew that debate. If the scale were already been expanded, Dorian would be a “Category 6” hurricane.
According to the US Coast Guard, a search and rescue operation remains underway for 32 passengers and one crew member of the Conception, a 75-foot diving vessel near Santa Cruz Island off California’s Ventura coast.
Dorian has slammed hard into Great Abaco Island with maximum sustained winds of 185 mph – a tie with the 1935 Labor Day hurricane the strongest Atlantic hurricane landfall on record according to the National Hurricane Center.
Dorian has intensified to a category 5 hurricane as it closes in on the northern Bahamas.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Dorian’s maximum sustained winds have increased to 160 mph, up from 150 mph. It is moving west at 8 mph.