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Dorian is strongest hurricane in modern records for NW Bahamas

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Posted at 12:36 PM, Sep 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-01 12:36:10-04

(WPTV) — Hurricane Dorian has become the strongest hurricane in modern records for the Northwestern Bahamas.

According to the National Hurricane Center, a prolonged period of catastrophic winds and storm surge will affect the Abaco Islands on Sunday. Everyone is urged to take immediate shelter.The NHC says the storm will continue near or over Grand Bahama Island Sunday through Monday.

Dorian has maximum sustained winds of 180 miles per hour.

Hurricane Dorian: The latest

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for:

North of Deerfield Beach to the Volusia/Brevard County Line
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for:

Northwestern Bahamas excluding Andros Island
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for:

Andros Island
North of Deerfield Beach to the Volusia/Brevard County Line
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:

North of Deerfield Beach to Sebastian Inlet
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:

North of Golden Beach to Deerfield Beach
Lake Okeechobee

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On this track, the core of Dorian should be near or over portions of the northwestern Bahamas today, and move closer to the Florida east coast late Monday through Tuesday.

Some fluctuations in intensity are likely, but Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during the next few days.

According to the National Hurricane Center, life-threatening storm surge, hurricane force winds, and heavy rainfall are expected over the northwestern Bahamas.

The NHC says a slower westward motion should continue for the next day or two, followed by a gradual turn toward the northwest.

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 140 miles.