White House: Trump gets hourly updates on Hurricane Dorian

This satellite image obtained from NOAA  RAMMB shows Tropical Storm Dorian as it approaches the Bahamas at 13:40 UTC

This satellite image obtained from NOAA RAMMB shows Tropical Storm Dorian as it approaches the Bahamas at 13:40 UTC

Close-up of the eye of Category 5 Hurricane Dorian.

"Maximum sustained winds are near 155 miles per hour (250 km/h) with higher gusts".

When Dorian made landfall Sunday on the Abaco Islands it was described as "the strongest hurricane in modern records" to hit the archipelago. Those efforts include speaking with local and state officials within the possibly impacted areas to ensure pre-planned shelter locations are still an option when they are called upon.

As Hurricane Dorian almost stalled over the Bahamas Monday, Florida officials nervously eyed a projected turn north that could still drench the densely populated east coast with storm surge and rainfall and knock out power depending on how closely it skirts the shore.

The hurricane is then expected to move towards coastal Georgia on Wednesday night and arrive in the Carolinas later on Thursday, by which time it could be a Category 1 storm, Douty says. A storm surge watch was extended northward along the Georgia coast to the Savannah River.

Gov. Ron DeSantis, in a Monday morning briefing at the state emergency operations center, continued to urge residents to prepare for the major hurricane, which is expected to lash the coast for days. Forecasters warned that Dorian could generate a storm surge as high as seven metres.

A steady stream of people were going into the shelters.

Forecasters said Dorian was most likely to begin pulling away from the Bahamas early Tuesday and curving to the northeast parallel to the U.S. Southeast seaboard. "There might no longer be any clean water readily available on Abaco because of storm surges flooding wells", spokesman Matthew Cochrane told the BBC.

On Monday morning, Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said reports from the Abaco Islands suggested the devastation was "unprecedented". The storm is expected to weaken along the coast, but will "remain a powerful hurricane during the next couple of days".

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"We're getting a lot of frantic people calling in about flooding issues", he told NPR on Monday morning. "My brother, his girl and their two small boys are stuck in the roof of their home".

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

"It's devastating", Joy Jibrilu, director general of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, said on Sunday afternoon. Adam Douty, a meteorologist with AccuWeather, says Dorian will move as slowly as 1 or 2 mph "for the next 12 hours or so". Hurricane conditions are possible in areas under a hurricane watch on Wednesday.

"A slow westward to west-northwestward motion is forecast during the next day or so, followed by a gradual turn toward the northwest and north".

The storm is now moving west but it is forecast to make a gradual turn north or north-west, taking it along the eastern United States seaboard.

Weekend traffic was light in Florida despite the many evacuation orders, unlike during the chaotic run-up to Hurricane Irma in 2017, when the unusually broad storm menaced the entire state.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster ordered mandatory evacuations for parts of eight coastal counties in his state effective at noon on Monday.

"But, I chose to live here so I might as well live with it, you know".

The unnamed male unveiled his plan during an interview in Palm Bay, Florida, where he complained about little action being taken to physically combat the storms.

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