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Hurricane, storm surge watches in effect for Brevard

Category 5 hurricane remains on projected path to or near Florida

A hurricane watch is issued for Brevard County ahead of Dorian.

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Both hurricane and storm surge watches have been issued for Brevard County ahead of Hurricane Dorian, an "extremely dangerous" storm that is expected to be near Central Florida in the coming days.

A hurricane watch means hurricane conditions can be expected within the next 48 hours.

A storm surge watch means there is a possibility of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours.

A Storm Surge Watch has been issued until 9/04 11:30AM. Prepare to evacuate if you are told to do so by local authority. Rising water moving inland from the shore could cause life-threatening inundation. Pay attention to forecasts and your local authority.

Posted by News 6 WKMG / ClickOrlando on Sunday, September 1, 2019

Hurricane-force winds of up to 74 mph are possible through Wednesday morning.

Residents should also be aware of the potential for life-threatening storm surge.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect until 9/04 11:30AM. Stay tuned to News 6 and the Pinpoint Weather Team for more updates.

Posted by News 6 WKMG / ClickOrlando on Sunday, September 1, 2019

At around 11 a.m. Sunday, the Category 5 storm was creating catastrophic conditions in the Abacos Islands of the Bahamas, officially becoming the strongest hurricane in modern records to hit the northwestern Bahamas.

The storm's winds had reach maximum speeds of 180 mph with higher gusts, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm was about 205 miles east of West Palm Beach and was moving west toward Florida at 7 mph.

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