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Dorian closes in on Bahamas as dangerous Category 5 storm

Dorian closes in on Bahamas as dangerous Category 5 storm

All eyes are on Hurricane Dorian as it continues its crawl across the Atlantic and makes its way to the U.S. This is why a Tropical Storm Warning has been issued along the east coast from Deerfield Beach to Sebastian Inlet - including Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Vero Beach. A slower westward motion should continue for the next day or two, followed by a gradual turn toward the northwest.

He says some forecast models still bring powerful Hurricane Dorian close to or even onto the Florida peninsula along with "life-threatening storm surge and hurricane force winds".

"Over prepare, don't under prepare", Scott said, saying that Florida is "not off the hook" and can still be hit by Dorian.

No local impacts are expected from Hurricane Dorian, according to the National Weather Service in Mobile.

"A couple of days ago we were anxious it was going to stall over Florida and now it appears as though it is going to stall over the Bahamas", said Steve Goldstein, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's liaison to FEMA.

The storm has also grown in size, now extending up to 45 miles from the center with tropical-storm force winds extending up to 140 miles, the National Hurricane Center says, and radio reports indicate Hope Town in the Abacos has reported wind gusts up to 100 mph.

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These slow moving storms are very hard to predict, especially with it so strong, as objects in motion like to stay in motion in the direction they are now heading meaning a Florida landfall cannot be completely ruled out. He noted the ocean is quite deep near where he's staying, and there's a cay that provides protection, so he doesn't expect significant storm surge.

The advisory read: "Catastrophic Category 5 Dorian continuing to intensify as it approaches the Abaco Islands". Up to 30 inches of rain are expected in northwestern Bahamas. Although the official National Hurricane Center (NHC) track keeps the center of Dorian right off the coast as of now, the impacts will still be greatly felt.

The storm's current path could spare the United States a direct hit, but still threatens Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas with powerful winds and rising ocean water that causes potentially deadly flooding. This forecast is not set in stone as changes will be made in the next few days.

Bahamas' Prime Minister Hubert Minnis urged residents in the path of the storm to evacuate. Forecasters say many computer models indicate Dorian is expected to veer sharply northeastward and track up the Southeast seaboard, raising the risks of damaging winds and deadly flooding even if there's no direct US landfall.

In the northern stretches of the Bahamas archipelago, hotels closed, residents boarded up homes and officials hired boats to move people to bigger islands.