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Hurricane Dorian remains Category 5 storm as it moves toward Florida

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Get the latest information, including the track and computer models, for Hurricane Dorian, which remains on a projected path toward Florida.

Officials, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, have urged residents to remain vigilant because the exact track of the storm is not known.

  • Category 5 hurricane has sustained winds of 185 mph
  • Dorian makes second landfall on Bahamas
  • Hurricane and storm surge watches in effect for Brevard County
  • Some computer models show Dorian making landfall near Brevard, Volusia

11 p.m.

Hurricane Dorian is about 55 miles east of Freeport, Grand Bahama Island and 135 miles east of West Palm Beach. Maximum sustained winds have been reported at 180 mph as the storm moves west at 6 mph.

Hurricane watches have been extended with the newest update to include northward from the Flagler/Volusia County Line to the mouth of the St. Mary's River.

A storm surge warning is in effect for

  • Lantana to the Volusia/Brevard County Line

A storm surge watch is in effect for

  • North of Deerfield Beach to Lantana
  • Volusia/Brevard County Line to the Mouth of the St. Mary's River

A hurricane warning is in effect for

  • Northwestern Bahamas excluding Andros Island
  • Jupiter Inlet to the Volusia/Brevard County Line

A hurricane watch is in effect for

  • Andros Island
  • North of Deerfield Beach to Jupiter Inlet
  • Volusia/Brevard County Line to the mouth of the St. Mary's River

A tropical storm warning is in effect for

  • North of Deerfield Beach to Jupiter Inlet

A tropical storm watch is in effect for

  • North of Golden Beach to Deerfield Beach
  • Lake Okeechobee

10 p.m.

The National Hurricane Center issued this update: "This is a life-threatening situation.  Residents in the Abacos should continue to stay in their shelter as the northern eyewall of Dorian remains over the northern portion of the island. Residents in eastern Grand Bahama are experiencing the western portion of the eyewall.  Do not leave your shelter as the eye passes over, as winds will rapidly increase on the other side of the eye. Conditions will continue to deteriorate over the remainder of Grand Bahama Island tonight."

Wind gusts are being reported at 220 mph and the storm surge is 18 to 23 feet above normal high tide levels.

8 p.m.

Hurricane Dorian is moving west at 5 mph with maximum sustained winds of 185 mph. The storm is 75 miles east of Freeport, Grand Bahama island and 155 miles east of West Palm Beach. No watches or warnings changed with the 8 p.m. advisory.

Hurricane center specialists say residents of Florida's east coast now need to keep an eye on the storm in coming hours. They add there is also an increasing likelihood of strong winds and dangerous storm surge along the coasts of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina later in the week when Dorian is expected to track up the Southeast seacoast.

 7:35 p.m.

Mandatory evacuation orders in Florida for low-lying and flood-prone areas and mobile homes are taking effect starting either Sunday or Monday from Palm Beach County north to at least the Daytona Beach area, and some counties to the north issued voluntary evacuation notices.

Weekend traffic was light in Florida despite those orders, unlike during the chaotic run-up to Hurricane Irma in 2017 when unusually broad Irma menaced the entire state. Current forecasts show only Florida's east coast is affected, meaning residents may choose to flee westward.

Gov. Ron DeSantis said at a Sunday evening briefing that the light traffic might also be in part due to many residents being seasonal and living elsewhere or already having departed on Labor Day trips. He says remaining residents need to closely monitor forecasts and announcements.

"Please prepare, because this thing is a big boy," DeSantis said.

7:15 p.m.

More than 600 Labor Day flights in the U.S. have been canceled as of Sunday afternoon, many of them in Florida as Hurricane Dorian barrels toward the state's coast.

The flight tracking site FlightAware 610 cancellations for Monday. Nearly 300 of them are flying into or out of Florida airports. There are also cancellations in North Carolina, Atlanta, Maryland and elsewhere. In comparison, 336 flights had been canceled for Sunday.

The National Hurricane Center forecasts Dorian to be 40 to 50 miles off the Florida coast on Tuesday and Wednesday, with hurricane-force wind speeds extending about 35 miles to the west.

Orlando International Airport, which so far is expected to see 119 cancellations, says it is monitoring the hurricane but remains open.

7 p.m.

Forecasters say Hurricane Dorian is continuing to hammer parts of the Bahamas and is now approaching the eastern end of Grand Bahama in that archipelago.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Dorian remains a life-threatening Category 5 storm with 185 mph winds. Gusts are even higher, and at 7 p.m. EDT Sunday, Dorian's well-defined eye was located about 70 miles east of Freeport, Grand Bahama Island.

The storm has begun slowing down, now crawling west at just 5 mph (7 kph) with the core of the storm now about 150 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida.

The Miami-based center says hard-hit areas of the Bahamas will still be raked by Dorian for several more hours.

6:50 p.m.

South Carolina's governor has ordered a mandatory evacuation of his state's entire coast as Hurricane Dorian threatens.

Gov. Henry McMaster's order goes into effect at noon Monday, when state troopers will begin reversing lanes so that people can all head inland on major coastal highways.

Authorities say the order covers approximately 830,000 people, many of whom will be evacuating for the fourth time in four years.

McMaster says he knows some people won't be happy having to leave their home. But he says "we believe we can keep everyone alive."

The National Hurricane Center forecasts the center of Dorian is to stay off shore while paralleling the South Carolina coast starting Wednesday afternoon. But a small error in the forecast could send the eye and strongest winds into the state.

5:55 p.m.

From Florida to North Carolina, residents and government officials are preparing for possible impacts of Dorian, even as forecasts suggest the hurricane's powerful core will remain offshore when it heads up the Southeast seacoast.

Florida resident Mike Lafferty boarded up his house near Vero Beach days ago. He says days of waiting can be bothersome, but it beats being caught unprepared. The National Hurricane Center has a 60% chance of the Vero Beach area getting hurricane force winds before early Wednesday. Says Lafferty: "You have to be ready for it."

The Category 5 hurricane battering parts of the Bahamas with nearly unprecedented strength Sunday. The 185 mph (295 kph) winds make it the second-strongest storm in the Atlantic Ocean since 1950.

5:30 p.m.

Video authorities say is being circulated by residents of Abaco in the Bahamas shows homes missing parts of their roofs, utility lines down and cars overturned by Hurricane Dorian. One of the videos shows floodwaters rushing through the streets of an unidentified town.

Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis is lamenting the devastation from Dorian, a Category 5 monster that began battering northwest portions of the archipelago on Sunday. He says that on parts of the island of Abaco, "you cannot tell the difference as to the beginning of the street versus where the ocean begins."

According to the Nassau Guardian, Minnis is calling it "probably the most sad and worst day of my life to address the Bahamian people."

5 p.m. Sunday

The eye of Hurricane Dorian is "crawling" over the Abacos Islands in the Bahamas, it's moving toward Grand Bahama, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm is about 175 miles east from West Palm Beach as the storm moves west at 5 mph. The storm is packing maximum sustained winds of 185 mph. 

The following watches and warnings are in effect:

A storm surge warning is in effect for

  • Lantana to the Volusia/Brevard County line

A storm surge watch is in effect for

  • North of Deerfield Beach to Lantana
  • Volusia/Brevard County Line to the Flagler/Volusia County Line

A hurricane warning is in effect for

  • Northwestern Bahamas excluding Andros Island
  • Jupiter Inlet to the Volusia/Brevard County Line

A hurricane watch is in effect for

  • Andros Island
  • North of Deerfield Beach to Jupiter Inlet
  • Volusia/Brevard County Line to the Flagler/Volusia County Line

A tropical storm warning is in effect for

  • North of Deerfield Beach to Jupiter Inlet

A Tropical Storm watch is in effect for...

  • North of Golden Beach to Deerfield Beach
  • Lake Okeechobee

3:20 p.m. Sunday

President Donald Trump is urging everyone in Dorian's potential path to obey all warnings and evacuation orders from local authorities, saying public safety "must always come first."

Trump said Sunday that he and members of his staff are receiving frequent updates on the "monstrous" storm "to ensure that we are fully prepared. And we are fully prepared."

Speaking in Washington at the headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, where he was updated on the storm's path, Trump said the slow-moving hurricane is one of the largest to ever materialize. He says the expectation is that a large part of the Eastern seaboard will be affected, "some of it very, very severely."

The Hurricane Center said Dorian's maximum sustained winds stood Sunday at a monstrous 185 mph (295 kph), with higher gusts. Dorian is located about 185 miles (295 kilometers) east of West Palm Beach, Florida.

Trump later tweeted: "Pray for the people in the Bahamas. Being hit like never before, Category 5.  Almost 200 MPH winds."

3:05 p.m. Sunday

Forecasters say "catastrophic" Category 5 Hurricane Dorian is continuing to batter Great Abaco island in the Bahamas.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center is describing the pounding the northwest Bahamas as a "life-threatening situation" and urged residents not to venture out into Dorian's well-defined eye should it pass overhead.

At 3 p.m. EDT Sunday, Dorian had top sustained winds of 185 mph (295 kph) with gusts topping 220 mph (above 350 kph). The Miami-based hurricane center says it expects storm surge of 18 to 23 feet (5.4 meters to 7 meters) above normal in the hardest-hit areas. It says there also will be even higher battering waves.

Forecasters warn that Dorian is moving so slowly westward ---- at 7 mph (11 kph) ---- that those in the affected areas of the Bahmas will continue to receive a pounding from Dorian's wind and surging seas for several more hours.

2:15 p.m. Sunday

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Dorian made a second landfall at 2 p.m. on Great Abaco Island near Marsh Harbour at 185 mph.

The center says that is tied for the strongest Atlantic hurricane landfall on record with the 1935 Labor Day hurricane.

The Hurricane Center said Dorian's maximum sustained winds stood at a monstrous 185 mph, with higher gusts. Dorian is moving west at 7 mph.

The storm's center is about 185 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida. A Hurricane watch is in effect for Florida from the north of Deerfield Beach to the Volusia-Brevard county line. Hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area by late Monday or early Tuesday.

2 p.m. Sunday

The eye of Hurricane Dorian was over the Abacos Islands in the Bahamas Sunday at 2 p.m. The Category 5 storm had maximum sustained winds of 185 mph with higher gusts and was still moving west at 7 mph on its trek toward Florida, according to the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

The storm could fluctuate in intensity but is expected to remain a catastrophic hurricane during the next few days, according to the hurricane center.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from Dorian's center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles.

The catastrophic hurricane conditions currently taking place in the Abacos are expected to spread across Grand Bahama Island later Sunday.

Hurricane conditions are possible in portions of Florida by late Monday or early Tuesday, according to the hurricane center.

In a news conference Sunday afternoon, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that tolls would be suspended on Florida's Turnpike, Alligator Alley, the Sawgrass Expressway and State Road 528. After Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings asked the governor to suspend tolls on state roads 417 and 429, the DeSantis granted his request.

The governor said officials are monitoring traffic and are prepared to open shoulders if necessary. Drivers are asked to use normal lanes for now.

With the latest advisory, the following places were under watches and warnings, according to the hurricane center:

Storm surge watch:

  • North of Deerfield Beach to the Volusia/Brevard County Line

Hurricane warning:

  • Northwestern Bahamas excluding Andros Island
  • Hurricane watch
  • Andros Island
  • North of Deerfield Beach to the Volusia/Brevard County Line

Tropical storm warning

  • North of Deerfield Beach to Sebastian Inlet

Tropical storm watch

  • North of Golden Beach to Deerfield Beach
  • Lake Okeechobee

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 hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.

A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area.

A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area within 36 hours.

A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.

1:10 p.m. Sunday

Extremely powerful, life-threatening Hurricane Dorian has reached the Bahamas. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday that Dorian made landfall in Elbow Cay at 12:40 p.m. EDT.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to a monstrous 185 mph from 180 mph.

The Category 5 storm was moving west at 8 mph.

The Hurricane Center says the arrival of the storm poses "a life-threatening situation" with hazards that will cause "extreme destruction."

Wind gusts were clocked at over 220 mph (354 kph). The storm surge was measured at between 18 to 23 feet (5.4 to 7 meters) above normal tide levels.

1 p.m. Sunday

Weather forecasters say extremely powerful Hurricane Dorian has made landfall on Abaco Islands in the Bahamas, according to the Associated Press.

[WATCH: GET LIVE UPDATES ON THE CATEGORY 5 STORM'S PATH IN THE VIDEO ABOVE]

11 a.m. Sunday

Hurricane Dorian has officially become the strongest hurricane in modern records for the northwestern Bahamas, according to the National Hurricane Center.

As of 11 a.m. Sunday, the powerful Category 5 storm was creating catastrophic conditions in the Abacos Islands.

The storm is continuing to intensify, with winds reaching maximum sustained speeds of 180 mph with higher gusts. The westward movement of the system itself has slowed to 7 mph as it continues its trek toward Florida.

Dorian has grown larger in size, according to the hurricane center. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles.

According to the hurricane center, the storm's minimum central pressure was 913 mb.

The Hurricane Center said in its 11 a.m. advisory that Dorian was strafing the Abacos Islands with life-threatening storm surge, destructive waves and extremely powerful winds. Those conditions were expected to reach Grand Bahama Island later Sunday.

The hurricane was expected to move toward the Florida east coast late Monday through Tuesday.

The Hurricane Center also issued a hurricane watch and storm surge watch for the east coast of Florida from north of Deerfield Beach to the line between Volusia and Brevard counties.

A tropical storm watch has also been issued for Osceola County.

The following watches and warnings were also in effect as of 11 a.m. Sunday, according to the hurricane center:

Storm surge

  • North of Deerfield Beach to the Volusia/Brevard County Line

Hurricane warning

  • Northwestern Bahamas excluding Andros Island

Hurricane watch

  • Andros Island
  • North of Deerfield Beach to the Volusia/Brevard County Line

Tropical storm warning 

  • North of Deerfield Beach to Sebastian Inlet

Tropical storm watch

  • North of Golden Beach to Deerfield Beach
  • Lake Okeechobee

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 hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.

A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area.

A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area within 36 hours.

A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.

9:30 a.m. Sunday

The latest data from the National Hurricane Center shows Dorian has continued to intensify and now has maximum sustained winds near 175 mph and a minimum central pressure of 922 mb.

As of 9:30 a.m., the eyewall of the catastrophic storm was reaching the Abacos Islands of the Bahamas.

Forecasters warned of wind gusts higher than 200 mph and storm surge 15 to 20 feet above normal tide levels, with higher destructive waves, according to the latest advisory.

8 a.m. Sunday

Hurricane Dorian has been upgraded to a Category 5 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph and higher gusts, according to the National Hurricane Center.

As of 8 a.m., the eyewall of the powerful storm was about to hit the Abacos Islands.

"Devastating hurricane conditions" are expected in the Abacos Islands early Sunday, with conditions will spread across Grand Bahama Island later in the day, the center said.

The storm was about 225 miles east of West Palm Beach and was still moving west toward Florida at 8 mph.

According to the latest track, Dorian is expected to move over Great Abaco before moving near or over Grand Bahama Island Sunday night and Monday. The storm is then expected to move closer to Florida's east coast late Monday through Tuesday night, the hurricane center predicts.

The following watches and warnings were in effect as of 8 a.m. Sunday:

Hurricane warning

  • Northwestern Bahamas excluding Andros Island

Hurricane watch

  • Andros Island

Tropical storm warning

  • North of Deerfield Beach to Sebastian Inlet

Tropical storm watch

  • North of Golden Beach to Deerfield Beach

The National Weather Service in Melbourne has issued a hurricane watch for the areas of coastal waters off Central Florida's coast, from the Volusia-Brevard County line to Sebastian Inlet.

The National Weather Service in Melbourne has issued a hurricane watch for the areas of coastal waters off Central Florida's coast, from the Volusia-Brevard County line to Sebastian Inlet. (Image: National Weather Service)

A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.

A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area.

A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area within 36 hours.

A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.

Forecasters warned residents in southern and Central Florida to monitor the storm's progress. Additional watches or warnings may be required for portions of the east coast of Florida Sunday.

5 a.m. Sunday

Dorian is about 70 miles east of Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas, traveling west toward Florida at 8 mph.

The Category 4 storm still has sustained winds of 150 mph.

According to the latest track, Dorian will trek off South Florida's coast Monday night before turning north. Dorian is forecast to be off Central Florida's coast Tuesday night, although some computer models show the eye of the storm making landfall near the Brevard-Volusia county line.

Nearly all of Central Florida remains in the cone of uncertainty, meaning forecasters believe the storm could track anywhere in the marked region.

11 p.m. Saturday

Forecasters say “extremely dangerous” Hurricane Dorian is moving closer to the northern Bahamas.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Dorian remained a powerful Category 4 storm at 11 p.m. EDT Saturday and was about 125 miles (200 km) east of Great Abaco Island. Maximum sustained winds are being clocked at 150 mph (240 kph) and the storm is slowly crawling westward at 8 mph (13 kph).

The storm is about 310 miles (500 kilometers) east of West Palm Beach, Florida.

Forecasts at the Miami-based center say Dorian’s core should be near or over parts of the northwestern Bahamas on Sunday. The storm is then expected to move closer to the Florida east coast late Monday through Tuesday amid forecast projections it would later track up the U.S. Southeast seaboard.

8:10 p.m.

President Donald Trump is receiving briefings on Hurricane Dorian from the presidential retreat at Camp David.

Vice President Mike Pence told reporters Saturday evening that Trump and others in the administration are watching the storm very carefully.

“It’s an extremely dangerous hurricane, and while some are reporting changes in the track, anyone in the path of Hurricane Dorian should listen to state and local and first responders and public safety personnel and heed their warnings,” Pence said.

Pence says FEMA officials are reassessing where to deploy assets as they track the hurricane.