The National Hurricane Center said Dorian was a Category 4 storm destroying the Bahamas. It had been a Category 5 storm overnight.Forecasters say Dorian may spare the U.S. a direct hit, but will move close to Florida’s east coast late Monday. Mandatory evacuations were underway in some parts of Florida and ordered for later Monday for the coastlines of South Carolina and Georgia.
Acting DHS chief Kevin McAleenan said Sunday that even if the storm remains just off the U.S. mainland, it could still cause major problems with high winds, a devastating storm surge and heavy rain.
HURRICANE DORIAN UPDATES AS OF 9/3 5:00AM
The National Hurricane Center’s 5 a.m. ET update on Dorian had four key messages:
- Devastating winds and storm surges will continue for several more hours in Grand Bahama, as the storm remains stuck over the island. It’s budged just a few miles in the past hours.
- Life-threatening storm surges are expected alongside some of Florida’s east coasts, and along the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina — regardless of where Dorian’s center moves next.
- The risk of hurricane-force winds along North Carolina’s coast is increasing.
- The flash flood threat will increase along Florida during the course of Tuesday, and will spread up the southeast and mid-Atlantic coast for the rest of the week.
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 3, 2019