Category 3 storm finally starts to track away from Bahamas

Dorian remained a formidable hurricane on Tuesday afternoon that is dangerously close to Florida

Dorian remained a formidable hurricane on Tuesday afternoon that is dangerously close to Florida

"It's very unsafe hurricane as you can see, the wind is pounding, we're still pretty much in harm's way", Lewis says.

"Bahamians across our country and throughout the world are praying for you", Minnis told residents.

"For all the ones asking. yes. everyone here gets along and welcome the newcomers with tail wags cause they know they are their brothers and sisters in suffering on the streets", Phillips wrote.

After spending days as a tropical storm, Dorian strengthened into a hurricane on Wednesday and made landfall in the Bahamas as a Category 5 on Sunday night.

The slow-moving storm halted over the area, battering the island for more than a day, but on Tuesday, it finally began to move northwestward. The loss estimates may worsen, perhaps to as much as $40 billion, if the storm makes landfall along the US coast.

In some parts of Abaco, "you can not tell the difference as to the beginning of the street versus where the ocean begins", Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said. The 8 a.m. forecast has Dorian moving very close to the Georgia and SC coasts tomorrow night and Thursday (Sept. 5) and then near or over the coast of North Carolina late Thursday. The hurricane center late Monday called the storm "stationary" after several hours of crawling at 1 mph.

The hurricane center cautioned to those along the Southeast and mid-Atlantic coasts to keep a close eye on Dorian, because more watches or warnings could be coming later today. Hurricane conditions are expected within the Hurricane Warning area in Florida by this evening.

Lord said storm surge is expected along the ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway.

Though forecasters downgraded the storm to a category 4 by Monday afternoon, the danger is far from over.

NASA satellite imagery through Monday night showed spots in the Bahamas where Dorian had dumped as much as 35 inches (89 centimeters) of rain, said private meteorologist Ryan Maue.

As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dorian was weaker than it was during the weekend but was still packing sustained winds of 110 miles per hour - making it a Category 2 hurricane, which is still a potent storm capable of causing widespread flooding and extensive structural damage wherever it hits. Winds clocked in at 145 miles per hour.

Dorian has weakened to a Category 3 hurricane but continues to batter the Bahamas as it remains nearly at a standstill. It will then come very close to the Georgia and SC coasts Wednesday night and Thursday, and near or over the North Carolina coast late Thursday.

Nine counties in Florida have issued mandatory evacuations.

Usually hurricanes that don't move eventually kill themselves because they churn up colder water from deep below the surface and storms need warm water as fuel, Masters said.

It's still unclear if or where the storm will make landfall after it leave the Bahamas and heads to the US Southeast.

A storm surge watch is in effect from the Savannah River to Cape Lookout, N.C.

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