Hurricane Dorian Still Expected To Turn North

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US Air Force pilots known as hurricane hunters are flying regular reconnaissance missions into Dorian, which strengthened to a Category 5 hurricane early Sunday as it tore through the northern Bahamas.

On Sunday, Dorian's maximum sustained winds reached 185mph, with gusts of up to 220mph, tying the record for the most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever to come ashore.

Winds gusting up to 200 miles per hour destroyed or damaged more than 13,000 homes, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said. One showed floodwaters rushing through the streets of an unidentified town at almost the height of a auto roof.

The maximum sustained winds around the eye reached 185 miles per hour, the Hurricane Center said. The number of listings is expected to grow as Dorian approaches the USA mainland.

The NHC said the hurricane would move dangerously close to Florida on late on Monday through Tuesday night. Authorities in Florida similarly ordered evacuations for vulnerable coastal areas and Gov. Roy Cooper of North Carolina has warned his state of possible heavy rain, wind and floods later in the week.

The archipelago is no stranger to hurricanes.

Dorian was travelling west at just over 2km/h, the NHC said.

The NHC said the hurricane would "continue to pound Grand Bahama Island" through much of the day and evening on Monday. This is making it expand and cause damage over a larger area, according to BBC Weather. Low-lying island communities are believed to have been hit hard by flooding and ferocious winds. Some Tampa Bay area residents say their deliveries have been pushed back a week or more.

Nine counties in Florida have issued mandatory evacuations.

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Many have been reported missing and there has been videos circulating showing huge damage to buildings, cars and property.

"What we are hearing lends credence to the fact that this has been a catastrophic storm and a catastrophic impact", Cochrane said.

The human cost of the storm is now unclear.

Authorities closed airports for Abaco, Grand Bahama and Bimini, but Lynden Pindling International Airport in the capital of Nassau stayed open.

How has the Bahamas prepared?

As of the country's 2000 census, Grand Bahama Island had a population of 46,994 and the island chain, overall, was populated by 303,611 residents. All tourists were asked to leave.

"I was all set to stay home until they had to turn the water off", said Watson, who added she was not anxious for her personal safety but hoped the storm spared the retirement community.

There has been no official confirmation of casualties but TV station Eyewitness News carried an interview with a grandmother who said her eight-year-old grandson had drowned on the Abaco Islands. And there is that chance it can hit us.

Ingermar Nixon is riding out the storm from his house on the beach in Freeport.

The hurricane center issued a hurricane watch for Florida's East Coast from Deerfield Beach north to Altamaha Sound in Georgia.

Forecasters continued to warn those on the Bahamas that Dorian posed a life-threatening danger and not to venture out into the eye. A storm surge watch was extended northward to South Santee River in SC.

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