Hurricane Dorian winds strengthen; Landfall possible in Florida, Georgia or SC

Hurricane Dorian winds strengthen; Landfall possible in Florida, Georgia or SC

Hurricane Dorian winds strengthen; Landfall possible in Florida, Georgia or SC

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Andros Island. They expect to be there for a few weeks after the storm. Low wind shear will likely continue, so intensification is still possible.

Deputy Prime Minister Peter Turnquest urged everyone to remain indoors once the storm began closing in.

With potential landfall still two days away, it's not yet clear if Dorian will strike Florida. The unnamed Category 5 hurricane crashed ashore along Florida's Gulf Coast on September 2.

It is moving at 16 kilometres per hour, giving it more time to intensify before making landfall.

The center of the storm will not be over mainland Florida, and will instead move northward along the coast toward Jacksonville, he said.

They'll drive to Georgia, where they'll wait out the storm and see where it makes landfall.

The size of the storm is small, so where it goes will affect the local forecast dramatically.

While it was unclear where the hurricane would make landfall, the results were expected to be devastating. Very heavy rain will fall on the east to northeast side.

The evacuations - particular from low-lying cays highly susceptible to storm surge - were voluntary. U.S. Coast Guard/Handout via REUTERS A flight of Florida Air National Guard F-15 Eagles of the 159th Fighter Squadron prepare to land at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, for safe haven from Hurricane Dorian in this August 30, 2019 handout photo.

As of about 8 a.m. EDT Saturday, the Category 4 storm was 280 miles (450 kilometers) east of the northwestern Bahamas and 445 miles (715 kilometers) east of West Palm Beach, Florida. A chance of thundershowers are in the forecast for Saturday and Sunday nights and then again on Wednesday, according to Saturday's forecast from the National Weather Service. The hurricane is forecast to be near Florida's east coast late Monday, the hurricane center said.

The hurricane has the potential to put millions of people at risk along with big holiday parks such as Walt Disney World, the NASA launchpads along the Space Coast, and even US President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach.

Still, Kottlowski stressed Mar-a-Lago is "not out of the woods".

The storm upended Labor Day weekend plans. The big cruise lines began rerouting their ships.

No counties have issued any evacuation orders days before Dorian's expected arrival. She feels well prepared and less anxious given the latest forecasts but still a bit uneasy given how unpredictable the storm's expected path has been.

"On this track, the core of Dorian should move over the Atlantic well north of the southeastern and central Bahamas today, be near or over the northwestern Bahamas on Sunday, and be near the Florida east coast late Monday", NHC said. Movement was northwest at only 10 miles per hour.

Coastal areas in the Southeast could get 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 centimeters) of rain, with 15 inches (38 centimeters) in some places, triggering life-threatening flash floods, the hurricane center said.

Victoria Ferguson, 49, interior decorator, said she felt "a little panicked" as Dorian approached.

Long lines snaked from some gas stations and grocery stores on Grand Bahama on Friday as people stocked up on water and canned food, leading to empty shelves in some locations. Dorian is expected to be near or over the island chain on Sunday.

"I urge you, do not be foolish and try to fearless out this hurricane".

While the track has shifted, the Florida governor is continuing to urge residents to remain vigilant. Four employees of the home were charged with manslaughter earlier this week.

"The precise path is still somewhat uncertain, but the intensity, I think there's a pretty high degree of certainty that this is going to be a major hurricane, Category 4, even Category 4-plus", DeSantis said. Surfers search for waves ahead of Hurricane Dorian on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, at Chastain Beach on Hutchinson Island, Fla. It was blamed for over 400 deaths.

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