Level 3: Monitoring Hurricane Dorian

GIC maintains Level 3 – Enhanced Monitoring for Hurricane Dorian. At 500 PM Eastern on Thursday 29-Aug-2019, the center of Hurricane Dorian was located near latitude 22.5 North, longitude 67.7 West. Dorian is moving toward the northwest near 13 mph (20 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue through Friday. A west-northwestward to westward motion is forecast to begin by Friday night and continue into the weekend. Strengthening is forecast during the next few days, and Dorian is expected to become a major hurricane on Friday, and remain an extremely dangerous hurricane through the weekend. There is an increasing likelihood of life-threatening storm surge along portions of the Florida east coast late this weekend or early next week. The risk of devastating hurricane-force winds along the Florida east coast and peninsula late this weekend and early next week also continues to increase.

GIC will continue to monitor and is making plans for imagery collection in Florida. GIC will begin daily member briefings as early as Sunday depending upon conditions. GIC will deploy Richard Butgereit, Director of Catastrophe Response, to the Florida State Emergency Operation Center beginning on Saturday.

GIC members with specific requirements for imagery collection are encouraged to reach out to graysky@geointel.org. GIC post-disaster imagery is available for free to first responders and government agencies involved in response and recovery activities.

GIC collects major disaster imagery areas for the use by insurance companies and shares this data with disaster response and recovery organization in order to help impacted communities recover.