Hurricane Dorian was an extraordinary storm and has certainly supplanted itself in the meteorology history books.
Dorian Wind Swath
Dorian reached its peak intensity right as it made landfall on Abaco Island in the Bahamas. Its highest sustained wind speeds were 185 mph which ties Dorian for the second highest wind speeds of any Atlantic tropical cyclone. The only storm on record to have higher sustained winds than Dorian was Hurricane Allen. No storm has been recorded to make landfall with higher sustained winds than Dorian, however, the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane did make landfall with equal sustained winds.
Category 5 Hurricane Dorian (September 1st 2019)
It can get tricky when comparing historical hurricanes by sustained winds because of how difficult and often inaccurate wind speed measurements are. Dorian made landfall with a barometric pressure of around 910 mb, which places Dorian as fifth in lowest pressure at landfall. Personally, I am always more interested in the barometric pressure of a cyclone, as I see it as a a more reliable and all-encompassing number for quantifying cyclone intensity as supposed to peak sustained winds.
Hurricane Dorian's damage to Abaco and Grand Bahama Island is really unprecedented. The people that live on these islands are used to hurricanes, but no storm has ever hit these islands as bad as Dorian did. Some areas on Grand Bahama island were stuck being affected by the eyewall of Dorian for 22 hours. There really isn't a documented case of such a powerful hurricane stalling at such an intensity over a landmass, and the death and destruction this must have caused is really unimaginable. The government of Bahamas is saying that the best way to help out is to find a reputable charity and donate money, not goods, as money will allow for more flexibility during the recovery process.
I'll have a winter forecast weather discussion out saturday.