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Officials urge extreme caution as Hurricane Dorian approaches Florida, its path unclear

Uploads%252fvideo uploaders%252fdistribution thumb%252fimage%252f86621%252f58d7e34f eb21 441c 9735 Officials urge extreme caution as Hurricane Dorian approaches Florida, its path unclear
Sandy Nunez | 02 September, 2019, 14:27

The storm's top sustained winds decreased slightly to 170mph as its westward movement slowed on Sunday, crawling along Grand Bahama island early on Monday at 2mph in what forecasters said would be a day-long assault.

Dorian is moving toward the west near seven miles per hour and a slower westward motion should continue for the next day or two, followed by a gradual turn toward the northwest. That storm did not make landfall.

Due to the fact that we don't know exactly what path Dorian will take, it is important that anyone along the USA southeast coast from Florida to the Carolinas continue to monitor forecasts closely.

Residents in the Northwest Bahamas - Abaco & Grand Bahama, can potentially expect prolonged periods of either life-threatening storm surge, devastating hurricane force winds and/or torrential rainfall projected to be between 12-24 inches. The storm is predicted to ride along the Florida, Georgia and Carolina coasts, according to meteorologists.

The Palm Beach and Martin county evacuations began at 1 p.m. Sunday, and the Brevard and St. Lucie county evacuations are set to start Monday morning.

Still, the potent storm was expected to stay close to shore and hammer the coast with unsafe winds and heavy surf, while authorities cautioned that it could still make landfall.

"The storm, which is moving in a westerly direction with sustained winds of 180 miles an hour, is a unsafe category five hurricane, carrying the strongest winds in recorded history for the northwestern Bahamas", NASA said.

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The NHC said Dorian had become "the strongest hurricane in modern records for the northwestern Bahamas".

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

President Donald Trump this weekend told reporters he's unsure if he's "ever even heard of" a Category 5 hurricane shortly before Hurricane Dorian made landfall in the Bahamas.

The storm still threatens Florida, Georgia, and North and SC with powerful winds and potentially deadly flooding. 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.

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 flooding is likely, regardless of how close Dorian gets to the state, Huffman said. The National Weather Service in Jacksonville has issued Coastal Flood Advisories.

Hurricane Michael previous year was the third of Trump's presidency, hitting land in Florida on October 10.