Bahamas devastated, Florida braces for impact of Hurricane Dorian

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Florida began to feel the presence of a weakened, but larger Hurricane Dorian as it churned east of Cape Canaveral Tuesday night after devastating the Bahamas.

With maximum sustained wind speeds of 110 mph, Dorian, now a Category 2 storm, packs a “life-threatening” storm surge, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

While the storm had been downgraded, forecasters warned its system had grown. The storm advisory warned Florida’s central Atlantic coast could see damage as Dorian charges northward.

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Officials urged over two million people in Florida, Georgia and North and South Carolina to evacuate. Dorian is forecast to move near or over the coast of South Carolina and North Carolina Thursday through Friday morning, producing 5 to 10 inches of rainfall resulting in dangerous flash floods.

NASA's ARIA team maps flooding in the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian
 A handout photo made available by NASA on 04 September 2019 of a map of flooding in the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian created by NASA’s ARIA team using satellite data acquired on 02 September 2019. In picture, the light blue color indicates areas that were likely flooded when the data were acquired on 02 September 2019. In particular, the map shows flooding in and around Marsh Harbour in the Abaco Islands. EPA-EFE/NASA/JPL-Caltech, ESA HANDOUT 

Dorian was the most powerful hurricane ever to hit the Bahamas. It devastated the island as a Category 5 storm and killed at least seven people in its wake over the span of several days, officials said.

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However, the full scope of Dorian’s damage in the Bahamas remains unknown. Officials are bracing for apocalyptic carnage and expect the death toll in the Bahamas to rise dramatically.

Hurricane Dorian hits Bahamas
 A handout aerial view taken by Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater forward-deployed four MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew in support of search and rescue and humanitarian aid in the Bahamas, showing destruction at a leisure boat harbour at the Bahamas after hurricane Dorian hit the islands. . EPA-EFE/Petty Officer 3rd Class HUNTER MEDLEY/US COAST GUARD HANDOUT 

Via CBS/Fox News/Bahamas Press/ The Tribune/NOAA

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