Canadians urged to avoid all travel to Bahamas as Hurricane Dorian intensifies

The president says a few words before being briefed on Hurricane Dorian.

As of the 2 p.m. advisory Sunday, Dorian is a Category 5 storm with 185 mile per hour winds.

"That's going to be very hard as the storm starts to move northward, mostly like, up the coast of Florida and toward Georgia and SC", he said on ABC's "This Week".

The storm has gusts over 220-mph winds as it hit the northwestern Bahamas, according to the agency in its latest update.

This forecast scenario could bring catastrophic wind damage, dump more than two feet of rain, and cause a storm surge, which is the storm-driven rise in water above normally dry land at the coast of at least 18 to 23 feet (5 - 7 metres) above normal tide levels. That storm did not make landfall.

As it moves in and begins to cross the northern Bahamas, the forward speed will slow down.

"The end could be fatal", said Samuel Butler, assistant police commissioner.

The Hurricane Hunters also shared photos on Twitter of the storm's eye at night, with some illuminated flashes from lightning inside.

Lamattina-Davis, who's lived on the island for 25 years, said that power lines were down, auto alarms were blaring and people were "wailing".

The Bahamas are now taking the brunt of Dorian as of Sunday. "We are deep in the error cone". "They said evacuate, you have to evacuate".

As of 8 a.m. ET, the storm was about 35 miles east of Great Abaco Island, Bahamas, and 225 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida.

One of the videos from Sunday showed wreckage spilled across the ground.

He said he battened up his house and is spending the storm in a nearby duplex behind a group of cottages owned by a friend.

"I'm not afraid of dying here", said Pittard, who lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

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Over the next two to three days, the hurricane could dump as much as 4 feet (1.2 meters) of rain, unleash devastating winds and whip up an abnormal and risky rise in sea level called storm surge, meteorologist Ryan Maue told The Associated Press.

Government spokesman Kevin Harris said Dorian was expected to affect 73,000 residents and 21,000 homes.

A hurricane warning is in effect for Freeport, Grand Bahama, and Nassau, New Providence Island, according to The Weather Channel.

"This is a life-threatening situation", the National Hurricane Center said Sunday, urging Abacos residents to stay sheltered and warning them, "Do not venture out into the eye if it passes over your location". "However, you prepare for the worst nonetheless", he said.

Communities farther north in Georgia and SC raised alert levels on Saturday, with residents filling sandbags as authorities tested infrastructure and hurricane drills.

In 2016, Hurricane Matthew veered away from Florida without a landfall but still left massive destruction in Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina from torrential rains. Lake Okeechobee was put under a tropical storm watch.

He suspended tolls on the Florida Turnpike and other roads, including Alligator Alley, from Fort Lauderdale to Naples, to keep traffic flowing for evacuees. Some models forecast that it could stay for 24 hours or longer. Currently, hurricane-force winds extend 45 miles (75 km) from the hurricane's center. The storm is next predicted to threaten Florida's east coast before barreling up the Southeast U.S. coast from Georgia to the Carolinas. Other coastal counties have announced voluntary evacuations.

For the immediate Washington area, the odds of much more than some gusty showers are small in nearly any scenario but if the storm tracks west, eastern areas near the Chesapeake Bay could see a short period of stormy weather.

For Florida, it could come down to a handful of miles between relative safety and potential devastation.

The forecast track of Hurricane Dorian.

At a news conference, Mr Minnis begged residents to head for the main island to escape the "devastating, unsafe storm".

In Washington, US President Donald Trump met with his emergency management chiefs and declared "this looks monstrous".

Problem is now with Dorian, there have been 4 such storms during his presidency. The global hurricane database goes back continuously only to 1983. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said the state could see heavy rain, winds and floods.

"We don't even know what's coming at us, all we know is that it's possibly the biggest ..."

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