Hurricane Dorian wreaks havoc on Bahamas as 'catastrophic' Category 5 storm

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption Hurricane Dorian is heading towards Florida

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It has already made landfall in the Abaco Islands, in the Bahamas, with winds of 295kph and gusts of more than 350kph.

"Once Dorian starts moving northward and the storm expands, we will see the storm weaken gradually", Cioffi said.

Dorian now holds a tied a historical record as the strongest hurricane to make landfall in the Atlantic basin with the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane.

"The original course was dead into Florida", but it now appeared to be headed for Georgia and SC, he said, adding that Dorian's path could change again. But I think the message for today is, with the new Cat 5, don't take your eye off this storm. "To the people of North Carolina, . we are working hard to prepare and we are with you". But DeSantis warned that the storm's winds exceed those of 1992's Hurricane Andrew, which demolished the Miami suburb of Homestead, and last year's Hurricane Michael, which wiped out the small Florida Panhandle town of Mexico Beach. That storm did not make landfall.

Dorian is a powerful but small storm with hurricane force winds Sunday only extending 29 miles to the west, but they are expected to grow a bit. The storm is about 225 miles (360 km) east of West Palm Beach, Florida. More than 600 Labor Day flights in the USA had been canceled as of Sunday afternoon, many of them in Florida as Dorian barreled toward the state's coast.

"We're looking at a track - and this is just the center - that's only 30 or so miles offshore".

He got in trouble while trying to escape the bad weather with his family near their home in Abaco, according to Bahamas press. Forecasters say that distance could expand.

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Gov. Brian Kemp issued mandatory evacuation orders starting noon Monday for residents east of I-95 in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty and McIntosh counties. Therefore, a tropical storm watch is in effect for Broward County.

A Hurricane Warning has been issued from Jupiter Inlet to the Volusia/Brevard County Line. Hurricane force winds are becoming less likely and should stay offshore. This helped Dorian further intensify before it's forecast to weaken slightly - but still remaining a strong Category 4 storm in the next 36-48 hours.

Where (and if) Dorian will make landfall in the US seems to be an open question, with forecasts showing various possibilities from Florida north to the Carolinas, according to a CNN report.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has published a video filmed from the International Space Station, showing Hurricane Dorian moving closer towards the eastern coast of Florida.

Georgia and SC likely could expect heavy rain and wind in the middle of the week, he said, with "some of watches and warnings eventually being put up for parts of the Southeast coast in the next day or so".

Coastal flood advisory through the weekend for potential minor flooding during high tides.

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