As Florida waits for Dorian, DeSantis urges people to heed evacuation orders

Hurricane Dorian slammed into the Bahamas this week

Winnipeggers in Florida are bracing for hurricane Dorian, which has been battering the Bahamas on Monday.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its latest advisory at 4pm (20:00 GMT) that "extremely risky Dorian continues to bring life-threatening conditions" to islands in the Bahamas.

In 2018, Hurricane Michael's 155mph winds tore down electrical wires and ripped apart fiber networks needed for delivering broadband and mobile phone service in Florida.

On Monday morning, Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said reports from the Abaco Islands suggested the devastation was "unprecedented".

It hit the Bahamas as a category five hurricane but has now weakened to a category four with maximum sustained winds near 250 km/h, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its latest update.

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"Although gradual weakening is forecast, Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during the next couple of days".

Between Monday morning and early Monday evening, the storm barely moved, moving west-northwest at just 1 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Dorian first came ashore Sunday at Elbow Cay in Abaco Island, then made a second landfall near Marsh Harbour.

After nearing or touching the Florida coast, Dorian will likely bend along the western periphery of a high pressure ridge, which should keep it pretty close to parallel to the U.S. coast.

The hurricane center issued a hurricane watch for Florida's East Coast from Deerfield Beach north to the Georgia state line.

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The storm is now stalled over the island nation and is scheduled to remain there until the mid-week.

Palm Beach County, Florida, home to President Donald Trump's Atlantic oceanfront resort, was among the jurisdictions ordering a partial mandatory evacuation.

This could bring catastrophic wind damage, dump more than 2 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 10 to 15 feet above normal tide levels.

He said: "They haven't come up with some kind of way to stop these storms yet".

A few hours later, Georgia's governor, Brian Kemp, ordered mandatory evacuations for that state's Atlantic coast, also starting this morning. The order includes the entire city of St. Augustine, St. Augustine Beach and residents in waterfront properties or other flood-prone areas.

He said that aid workers were expecting "significant humanitarian needs" in the Bahamas once the storm passes. A storm surge was reported at 18 to 23 feet (5.5-7 meters).

Officials said they received a "tremendous" number of calls from people in flooded homes.

Hurricane Dorian is still expected to stay just off the USA coast as it makes its way up the Atlantic seaboard.

With wind and rain possible without direct landfall, many Florida residents are still preparing and Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced voluntary evacuations for Osceola County, Glades, Hendry and Indian River counties, as well as in parts of Palm Beach County that are not under mandatory evacuation orders. Her 31-year-old daughter found the boy's body, she told the local news outlet. Caitlin Brown said. She added that eight military helicopters are on standby.

"I can only say to them that I hope this is not the last time they will hear my voice", he said.

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