Catastrophic Hurricane Dorian could come dangerously close to Florida

Catastrophic Hurricane Dorian could come dangerously close to Florida

Catastrophic Hurricane Dorian could come dangerously close to Florida

The storm is now stalled over the island nation and is scheduled to remain there until the mid-week.

Hurricane Dorian has killed five people in the Abaco Islands, Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said Monday.

Although Dorian is expected to weaken gradually, forecasters said it likely would remain a powerful hurricane for the next couple of days.

The earliest reasonable time that tropical storm-force winds could arrive on the eastern coast of Florida is early Monday, with the winds carrying up the U.S. mainland coast the rest of the week - and hitting as far north as Rhode Island and southeastern MA by Thursday evening.

As of 11 a.m. ET, Dorian was moving westward at about 1 mph (2 km/h) and is situated some 110 miles (180 kilometers) east of West Palm Beach, Florida.

On nearby Abaco Island, Parliament member Renward Wells said he received reports of casualties but officials had not been able to confirm them.

While she has never had any damage to her home from storms, Williams said she does not want to risk her life. "This storm at this magnitude could really cause massive destruction", he said.

About 16,000 workers are fanning out across Florida to handle expected power outages stemming from the storm, Florida Power & Light Company president Eric Silagy said.

"Do not be foolish and try to courageous out this hurricane", Bahamanian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said at a press conference Friday. He said many Bahamians had not heeded warnings to evacuate, refusing to leave their homes. "He was going back to Abaco, he turned around and said, 'Grandma, I love you'".

After days of nerve-wracking uncertainty surrounding the storm's path, the southeastern USA states of Florida, Georgia and SC finally ordered coastal residents to evacuate in a mass exodus set to affect hundreds of thousands of people. "It is very close to some of these communities on Florida's east coast". As the storm crawls over the islands, forecasters expect it will move "dangerously close" to Florida later tonight, and millions of Americans are under mandatory evacuation orders. As Federal Emergency Management Agency Deputy Administrator Bill Kaniewski told Newsweek on Sunday, flood insurance is a must for residents living "anywhere it rains".

The storm is now forecast to move "dangerously close" to Florida's east coast late Monday night through Wednesday night before moving up close to the coasts of Georgia and SC on Wednesday night and Thursday.

But it is clear that Hurricane Dorian has had a catastrophic impact.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Dorian is forecast to get to 64 to 80 kilometres off Florida, with hurricane-force wind speeds extending about 56 kilometres to the west. Dorian's center could approach or briefly make landfall in Georgia or the Carolinas.

The hurricane center said "life-threatening storm surges and unsafe hurricane-force winds are expected along portions of the Florida east coast through mid-week".

Fear gripped residents of Freeport, as winds tore off shutters and water began coming into homes, said Yasmin Rigby, reached by text in the Grand Bahama island's main city.

Video that Jibrilu and government spokesman Kevin Harris said was sent by Abaco residents showed homes missing parts of roofs, electric lines on the ground and smashed and overturned cars.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster on Sunday issued a mandatory evacuation order for 830,000 people along the state's coastline.

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