Weakened Hurricane Dorian heads toward Florida after bashing Bahamas

Hurricane Dorian weakens to Cat 3, will move 'dangerously close' to the Florida east coast late...

Hurricane Dorian weakens to Cat 3, will move 'dangerously close' to the Florida east coast late...

While its winds had diminished to a Category 2 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of intensity, Dorian expanded in size and picked up speed on Tuesday.

For hours, the storm crawled to the northwest - with forward speed slowly increasing to 6 mph - after spending more than a day nearly stationary over the Northwest Bahamas.

The state could experience unsafe winds and flooding.

He also said he expected the death toll to rise. "I think people know the drill and have places set up to stay". The correspondent said he had spoken to a man whose wife had died of hypothermia after being trapped in their flooded home for hours and others who said they had watched people swept away by the storm surge.

On Tuesday, Dorian weakened to a Category 2 storm with sustained winds down to 110 mph, though the National Hurricane Center said Dorian - which was 95 miles east of Cape Canaveral as of 11 p.m. Tuesday - is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during the next few days.

A hurricane watch still extends along much of the Florida coastline north along the coast of Georgia as well as SC. FEMA has over 1,600 employees deployed or on the way to Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and SC. "The combined wind, surge, and floods hazards are the same or even worse since the hurricane has become larger". "Get out", US Federal Emergency Management Agency officials said. "There is severe flooding, severe damage to homes, businesses, other buildings and infrastructure", he said.

Hurricane Dorian weakens to Cat 3, will move 'dangerously close' to the Florida east coast late...

"What we are hearing lends credence to the fact that this has been a catastrophic storm and a catastrophic impact", a representative from the Red Cross said.

Lawson Bates, a staffer for Arkansas-based MedicCorps, flew over Abaco and said: "It looks completely flattened".

The Red Cross authorized $500,000 for the first wave of disaster relief, Cochrane said.

The U.S. Coast Guard said four of its helcopters were assisting in the humanitarian effort. "We are hoping and praying that the loss of life is limited". Rescuers also used jet skis to reach some people as choppy, coffee-coloured floodwaters reached roofs and the tops of palm trees. He said crews were trying to airlift five to seven kidney failure patients from Abaco who had not received dialysis since Friday.

The US Coast Guard airlifted at least 21 people injured on Abaco Island, which Dorian hit on Sunday with sustained winds of 185 miles per hour (295 kph) and gusts up to 220 miles per hour (355 kph), a strength matched only by the Labor Day hurricane of 1935, before storms were named. "Communities are cut off and roads are underwater still", Brave Davis told reporters at Nassau airport after returning from the flight, together with Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis in a Facebook Live video.

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