Hurricane Dorian approaching Florida


In a statement, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said that Dorian was packing maximum sustained winds of 215km/h (130 mph).

As Hurricane Dorian slammed into the Bahamas as a Category 5 storm, its frequent shifts and changes have made predicting its impact on the coastal Carolinas hard. Where the hurricane will go after this is still the subject of much speculation and debate.

Other footage shows storm surge inundating cars and buildings. Just small differences in where the storm starts to turn north and eventually northeast and the shape of the turn will determine where and whether Dorian makes landfall. A hurricane warning is in effect for the islands.

The ridge of high pressure in the Atlantic remains key to the storm's eventual path, meteorologists say.

And here is flooding in Green Turtle Cay, Abaco.

Frankie Fleuridor, an activist who works with the Haitian community in the town of Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco was anxious that not everybody would be able to leave.

Farther north into coastal Georgia and the Carolinas, the forecast is also a nail-biter.

And here you can see unpassable, flooded roads in North Abaco. Typically storms this powerful tend to undergo cycles that weaken their high-end winds for a time.

Kwasi Thompson, minister of state for Grand Bahama island, said the government was providing last-minute transportation for people in certain communities.

One of the videos from Sunday showed wreckage spilled across the ground.

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"Gusts of wind are picking up, but I can hear the hallowing through the trees", she said. However, these fluctuations will probably maintain the storm's overall intensity between Category 4 and Category 5 status, rather than providing a more substantial weakening.

Among those open was Abaco Beach Resort in Marsh Harbour.

Reports are also coming in that Hope Town has fallen off the Internet with real-time network data at 0 after the storm's arrival. As a kid, I was like "THANK YOU FOR THIS UNEXPECTED VACATION, MR. HURRICANE!"

Where Is the Storm Going Next?

As the Hurricane Center writes: "Residents in these areas should continue to monitor the progress of Dorian". The storms' pressure was 911 mb (26.90 inches). By 8 p.m. Monday, tropical-storm force winds will be pushing into Central Florida. Eastern, and it's 185 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida. It has been sending the storm west but, by this evening, it is expected to begin to break down.

The Category 5 storm was moving west at 8 miles per hour (13 kph).

As it stands, the storm is expected to continue traveling west for the next day or so before shifting northwest, according to the News & Observer, and is expected to slowly weaken as it moves through the northwest Bahamas on Monday.

Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis warned that Dorian is a "dangerous storm" and said any "who do not evacuate are placing themselves in extreme danger and can expect a catastrophic effect".

Further ahead the NHC said Dorian would "move closer to the Florida east coast late Monday through Tuesday" but exactly where - and how hard - it will strike the U.S. coast looked uncertain after the storm shifted course, apparently sparing Florida the worst.

Wind gusts were clocked at over 220 miles per hour (354 kph). Category 5 is considered the most risky unit on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

Dorian became a Category 5 hurricane just before 8 a.m. Sunday, with the National Hurricane Center calling it a "catastrophic" storm with "devastating winds".