Hurricane Dorian hovers Over Bahamas, makes slow approach to US


Hurricane-force winds extend out about 45 miles from the storm's eye, with the strongest winds remaining on the east side of the storm.

"We received catastrophic damage here in Abaco", Parliament member Darren Henfield told reporters. "And as it is right now we don't even know. we can not get a weather report, because the television is off. News, information is very limited".

Hurricane Dorian, which strengthened to a devastating Category 5 storm, made landfall in the Bahamas on Sunday. That being said this is still a major hurricane and those areas will still see impacts in the way of rain and storm surge through Wednesday night.

Dorian is expected to begin to track slowly to the north-northwest this morning, the hurricane center said.

On Thursday, the storm will approach near the coast of North Carolina.

Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said on Monday that at least five people have died in the Abaco Islands.

Dorian will reportedly move dangerously close to Florida's east coast late Tuesday through Wednesday evening. Some travelers were frustrated by the prospect of Hurricane Dorian disrupting their business or vacation plans, especially during Labor Day weekend. Since it has slowed down, the hurricane is expected to continue affecting the region within the next couple of days.

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Dorian weakened to a Category 3 hurricane on Tuesday morning as it continued to batter the Bahamas.

American Airlines said operations had been suspended at seven airports in Florida and the Bahamas, and a travel alert issued for more than 20 airports including in Georgia, North Carolina and SC. As of the 9 a.m. update, Dorian remains a Category 3 storm with 115-mph winds.

NASA satellite imagery through Monday night showed spots in the Bahamas where Dorian had dumped as much as 35 inches (89 centimeters) of rain, said private meteorologist Ryan Maue. "The combined wind, surge, and floods hazards are the same or even worse since the hurricane has become larger".

As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dorian was moving very slowly about 110 miles east-northeast of West Palm Beach, Florida. "And we love them we have hurricane parties before during and after [the storm]".

"We went through several hurricanes and we were there for Irma", said Kimberly Bush, who used to live in Florida.

Brevard County issued the evacuation order for Sunday.

After reaching record-tying wind speeds on landfall in the Bahamas, the storm just stalled. Zone B includes the barrier islands, land areas north and south of the Jupiter Inlet, and other surge-vulnerable areas south along the Intracoastal Waterway to the Broward County line. Lake Okeechobee was under a tropical storm watch.