Hurricane Dorian prompts evacuations in Bahamas

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Hurricane Dorian is expected to slam into parts of the northwestern Bahamas on Sunday. The US National Hurricane Center in Miami said Dorian is maintaining top sustained winds of 240 km per hour — just slightly less than the 157 miles per hour wind speed that constitutes a catastrophic Category 5 storm.

Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis warned in a nationally televised briefing that “Hurricane Dorian is a devastating, dangerous storm approaching our islands.”

It is expected to grow even stronger before skirting Florida’s east coast early next week.

Hurricane Dorian heads to USA
 A handout photo made available by NASA showing NOAA-NASA’s Suomi NPP satellite visible light image of Hurricane Dorian on 30 August 2019, issued 31 August 2019 as it was just north of Turks and Caicos and heading towards the northwestern Bahamas. EPA-EFE/NASA

States of emergency have been declared in Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina. Residents have been urged to stock enough food, water and medicine to last at least a week.

Forecasters warn Dorian could be the region’s worst storm since category five Hurricane Andrew killed 65 people and destroyed 63,000 homes in 1992.

Hurricane Dorian path
A handout graphic released by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows the five-day forecast track of Hurricane Dorian over the Atlantic Ocean (Issued 31 August 2019). EPA-EFE/NOAA / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Via Bahamas Press/ CBS News

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