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Hurricane Dorian Slows Slightly, Still Extremely Powerful

Hurricane Dorian Slows Slightly, Still Extremely Powerful

Associated Press
Updated: September 02, 2019 03:17 PM

Hurricane Dorian remains powerful and destructive as it hovers over Grand Bahama island - but is showing signs of slight weakening.

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The National Hurricane Center in Miami said at 2 p.m. EDT Monday that the Category 4 storm's maximum sustained winds fell to 150 mph - down from 155 mph earlier in the day.

On Sunday, Dorian blasted the Bahamas with maximum sustained winds of 185 mph and gusts up to 220 mph, tying the record for the most powerful Atlantic hurricane to ever make landfall.

The storm continued to creep westward at 1 mph. Its center was located about 25 miles northeast of Freeport, Grand Bahama island. It was about 105 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida.

The center said Dorian is expected to move "dangerously close" to the Florida east coast late Monday through Wednesday evening and then move north to coastal Georgia and South Carolina on Wednesday night and Thursday.

Dorian unleashes flooding in Bahamas

Authorities in the Bahamas are urging people to find floating devices and grab hammers to break out of their attics if necessary as Hurricane Dorian unleashed massive flooding across Grand Bahama island.

Minister of State Kwasi Thompson told ZNS Bahamas radio station Monday that officials were getting a tremendous number of calls from people in distress as the powerful Category 4 storm slowed to almost a standstill.

Police Chief Samuel Butler urged people to remain calm and said rescue crews could not help anyone at the moment because of the storm's maximum sustained winds of 155 mph.

"We simply cannot get to you," he said.

Dorian also is expected to cause a storm surge of up to 23 feet as ZNS radio station shared reports from callers saying some people were stuck on roofs and other areas.

Georgia governor urges evacuations

Georgia's governor is urging coastal residents to flee, citing the storm's powerful winds and uncertain path.

Republican Gov. Brian Kemp told reporters Monday in Savannah: "This is not one to play with."

It was Kemp's first news conference since late Sunday when he ordered mandatory evacuations in all six counties that make up Georgia's 100-mile coastline.

Kemp said those living on Georgia's barrier islands especially ought to flee, warning that emergency responders may not be able to reach them if causeways are underwater or blocked by debris.

Georgia officials plan to turn Interstate 16 linking Savannah and Macon into a one-way evacuation route Tuesday. The state Department of Transportation is asking motorists to consider alternate routes in anticipation of additional evacuation traffic from Florida and South Carolina.

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