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Hurricane Dorian damage: Record-breaking Dorian slams into Bahamas

Hurricane Dorian damage: Record-breaking Dorian slams into Bahamas

According to the Miami-based National Hurricane Center, Dorian tied the record for the strongest ever Atlantic hurricane landfall when it slammed into the Bahamas' Abacos islands on Sunday.

"Dorian has become the strongest hurricane in modern records for the northwestern Bahamas", the National Hurricane Center said on the morning of September 1.

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The Hurricane Hunters also shared photos on Twitter of the storm's eye at night, with some illuminated flashes from lightning inside.

Forecaster expect the storm surge to raise the tide 18 to 23 feet across the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama Island.

Authorities closed some airports in the outlying islands, but the main worldwide airport remains open on Sunday.

The storm is now about 25 miles east-north east of Great Abaco Island and 210 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida.

The northwestern Bahamas is under a hurricane warning, which means "preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion", the National Hurricane Center said.

One month later, Trump said "nobody has ever heard of a [Category] 5 hitting land".

Forecasters expect Dorian to curve northward after hitting the Bahamas.

This is 8:00 a.m. on Monday, that's 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, that's slow moving.

Category five hurricanes, with sustained wind speeds of at least 252km/h, are extremely rare, although four other storms - Michael, Maria, Irma and Matthew - reached this level in the last three years.

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The NHC reports that Dorian has grown larger in size.

Residents in Grand Bahama were preparing by boarding up businesses and evacuating the storm's predicted path.

Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis warned that any "who do not evacuate are placing themselves in extreme danger and can expect a catastrophic outcome". All tourists were asked to leave the islands. "I think we lost power sometime in between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. Praying for the people of Abaco and Grand Bahama because I can't even imagine that storm hitting here at that strength".

"I want you to remember: homes, houses, structures can be replaced. Lives can not be replaced", he said, adding that 73,000 people and 21,000 homes were in danger.

After the Bahamas, the slow-crawling storm was forecast to turn sharply and skirt toward the United States coast, staying just off Florida and Georgia on Tuesday and Wednesday and then buffeting SC and North Carolina on Thursday.

A resident of Deltona, Florida, loads sandbagsin the backseat of his vehicle in preparation on August 31, 2019.

Florida was earlier expected to take a direct hit in the storm.

Several highways will be suspending tolls to ease the evacuation efforts, the governor said.

Shoppers in Florida were seen queuing around blocks to buy supplies such as medication and fuel.

Pete Werner said he is riding out the storm at home in Orlando but is sending his mother to Walt Disney World.

Neighboring North Carolina also declared a state of emergency, and Georgia announced a state of emergency for 12 counties.


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