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Hurricane Dorian is moving at 1 mile per hour. Just how slow is that?

It’s like, really dang slow.
GOES footage of Category 5 Hurricane Dorian, September 2. [National Hurricane Center] [National Hurricane Center]
Published Sep. 2

Hurricane Dorian is moving at a snail’s pace across the Atlantic.

Not literally, of course. According to the BBC, snails move at a top speed of one meter per hour. That’s about 1600 times slower than the 1 mile per hour at which Dorian is currently moving, according to the National Hurricane Center.

But just how slow is one mile per hour? For some points of reference:

  • If a pitcher threw a baseball at one mile per hour from the mound, it would take about 41.3 seconds for it to reach home plate. Even the umpire would probably get bored at that point.
  • One mile per hour is about three times slower than olympian Katie Ledecky can swim. Ledecky currently holds the world record in the 1500 meter freestyle at 15:20.48.
  • Hurricane Dorian is moving slower than a turtle walks, according to Chicago’s Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. The fastest turtles walk about three miles per hour, leaving the now-Category 4 monstrosity in their dust.

For the latest on Hurricane Dorian’s track, click here.

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