East coast of Florida waits for Hurricane Dorian's turn

Hurricane Dorian batters the Bahamas, edges closer to Florida

Hurricane Dorian weakens to Cat 3, will move 'dangerously close' to the Florida east coast late...

Hurricane Dorian came to a catastrophic daylong halt over the northwest Bahamas, flooding the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama with walls of water. He said that heavy flooding left the island's main hospital unusable.

Tropical storm warnings had been in place for the day, with the NHC additionally warning that "water levels could begin to rise well in advance of the arrival of strong winds".

It's now a Category 2 storm that's skirting the coasts of Florida and Georgia.

If you live in the storm's path, or just want to keep an eye on the hurricane's progress, the National Hurricane Center is keeping tabs on Dorian, along with all the alerts and warnings associated with this still-dangerous storm. But the runways at Grand Bahama International Airport in the island's largest city Freeport were under water, complicating rescue efforts.

"Hurricane Dorian is dangerously close to the East Central Florida coast and sustained tropical force winds are forecasted to impact portions of Orange County as early as tomorrow afternoon". But meteorologist Daniel Brown cautioned that even "a small deviation" in its projected track could take the storm towards land.

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Now the hurricane force winds can extend outward 45mph, and tropical storm force winds can extend out 150mph, which could devastate the coastline and cut power in the Florida peninsula. There has been a lot of backlash on this but Disney stated that only tropical force winds were forecasted to hit the island rather than the full force Hurricane winds.

Over 2 million people along the coast in Florida, Georgia and North and SC were warned to evacuate.

The hurricane center said 5 to 10 inches with isolated amounts of 15 inches will be possible along the coast there, with 3 to 6 inches possible from eastern Florida into southeast Virginia.

Scientists say climate change generally has been fuelling more powerful and wetter storms, and the only recorded hurricane more powerful than Dorian was Allen in 1980, with 305kmh winds, though it did not hit land at that strength.

Swells from the approaching system will grow as it nears, causing potentially life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. The American Red Cross said they've already opened 170 shelters and evacuation centers and over 13,000 people are already at those facilities. Storm surge warnings and watches stretched from Florida to Virginia on Wednesday morning, with some of the highest surge expected in SC.

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