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.”
The eyewall of #Dorian is reaching the Abaco Islands. Residents there should take immediate shelter. Maximum winds have increased to near 175 mph with gusts over 200 mph. Extreme winds and storm surge will continue for several hours. https://t.co/PO7fEoxAde pic.twitter.com/83lndMA1WP
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 1, 2019