Update: Sept. 2, 11:15 ET
The National Hurricane Center in Miami said in an advisory at 11 a.m. EDT that Dorian’s maximum sustained winds are 155 mph, which takes the extremely dangerous storm down one notch, from Category 5.
The storm was expected to continue inflicting devastation on Grand Bahama Island throughout Monday.
The center said the storm will move “dangerously close” to the Florida East Coast late Monday through Wednesday evening.
A hurricane warning along Florida’s east coast has been extended northward to the Flagler-Volusia county line. A hurricane watch has been extended northward to Altamaha Sound in Georgia.
The storm’s center was located about 30 miles northeast of Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, and about 110 miles (180 miles) east of West Palm Beach, Florida.
Update: Sept. 2, 10:15 ET
Category 5 Hurricane Dorian has effectively stalled over Grand Bahama Island in the Bahamas, hammering it with 160 mph winds, said U.S. forecasters in a 10 a.m. update.
According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC), the storm is moving extremely slowly—at 1 mph—to the west and is about 115 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida. It is still 30 miles east-northeast of Freeport, the largest city in the Grand Bahamas.
“This is a life-threatening situation. Residents on Grand Bahama Island should not leave their shelter when the eye passes over, as winds will rapidly increase on the other side of the eye. Residents in the Abacos should continue to stay in their shelter until conditions subside later today,” the agency wrote in its latest update, adding, “These hazards will continue over Grand Bahama Island during most of the day, causing extreme destruction on the island.”
Hurricane Dorian will get dangerously close to Florida’s east coast by Tuesday at 2 p.m. (NHC)
The latest cone of probability shows Dorian moving precariously close to Florida’s east coast by Tuesday morning before moving north along the southeastern coast of the United States.
Storm surge warnings have been issued for north of Deerfield Beach to south of Lantana in Florida as well as from the Volusia-Brevard County line to the mouth of the St. Mary’s River in Florida, the NHC said.
Hurricane warnings were issued for Jupiter Inlet to the Volusia-Brevard County line in Florida, the agency said. Hurricane warnings are also still in effect for Grand Bahama Island and the Abacos Islands in the Bahamas.
Strong winds move the palms of the palm trees at the first moment of the arrival of Hurricane Dorian in Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, on Sept. 1, 2019. (Ramon Espinosa/AP Photo)
A tropical storm warning was issued for north of Deerfield Beach to Jupiter Inlet, Florida.
Update: Sept. 2, 8:15 ET
In an 8 a.m. update, the NHC said 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.”
“On this track,” it added, “the core of extremely dangerous Hurricane Dorian will continue to pound Grand Bahama Island through much of today and tonight. The hurricane will move dangerously close to the Florida east coast tonight through Wednesday evening.”
The probability of tropical-storm-force winds issued at 5 a.m. EDT, Aug. 2 (NHC)
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued an order Sunday for an evacuation of the entire coast, where about 830,000 people live. The order was to take effect on Monday, reported The Associated Press.
“We can’t make everybody happy, but we believe we can keep everyone alive,” McMaster said.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp ordered mandatory evacuations for his state’s entire coastline several hours later, AP reported.
The Associated Press contributed to this article