Hurricane Dorian Now Category 5; State Of Emergency Declared In FL, GA, SC, NC

ATLANTIC OCEAN - SEPTEMBER 1: In this NOAA GOES-East satellite handout image, Hurricane Dorian, now a Cat. 5 storm, tracks towards the Florida coast taken at 13:20Z September 1, 2019 in the Atlantic Ocean. A hurrica... ATLANTIC OCEAN - SEPTEMBER 1: In this NOAA GOES-East satellite handout image, Hurricane Dorian, now a Cat. 5 storm, tracks towards the Florida coast taken at 13:20Z September 1, 2019 in the Atlantic Ocean. A hurricane warning is in effect for much of the northwestern Bahamas as it gets hit with 175 mph winds. According to the National Hurricane Center Dorian is predicted to hit the U.S. as a Category 4 storm. (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images) MORE LESS

The National Hurricane Center declared Hurricane Dorian, currently headed toward Florida and the Bahamas, as a category 5 storm on Sunday morning.

The NHC announced that Dorian’s maximum winds have reached almost 175 miles per hour with gusts over 200 miles per hour. Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina have all declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm.

Dorian is reaching the northern islands in the Bahamas. The NHC warned residents there to take “immediate shelter.”

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