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Hurricane Dorian is forecast to hit the Bahamas and near the coasts of Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas on Sunday and throughout the week.
The storm is currently a Category 5 hurricane with winds reaching 175 mph.
Google projections no longer show the hurricane making landfall on the Atlantic coast, but veering north toward Savannah, Georgia, and along the North Carolina coast.
Dorian’s path has proved difficult to predict and the National Hurricane Center says the storm’s trajectory could change, with a wide “cone of uncertainty” from Florida to Virginia.
Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 storm nearing the Bahamas as of Sunday morning, is slowly churning towards Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas, where it is expected to bring “life-threatening storm surge and devastating hurricane-force winds” starting Monday night after it moves over the northwestern Bahamas throughout Sunday.
Specifically, Google projections place the hurricane’s path directly over the island of Great Abaco. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has issued a hurricane warning for the northwestern Bahamas, where tropical-storm-force winds are expected over the weekend.
The storm will reach the island on Sunday, bringing hurricane-force winds, up to 20 inches of rain, a “life-threatening storm surge” of 10 to 15 feet, and “large and destructive waves,” according to the NHC.
Dorian is then projected to move towards Florida, nearing the state’s east coast late Monday. While the forecast cone is wider as the hurricane approaches the coast, Google’s Sunday morning projections no longer show landfall in Florida, veering north instead toward the coasts of Georgia and the Carolinas.
Both Florida and South Carolina have declared states of emergency, with the latter declaring on Saturday in the wake of the new hurricane trajectory. Palm Beach County in southern Florida also ordered a mandatory evacuation Sunday morning of residents in its Zones A and B.
The emergency state gives the governors the ability to mobilize the National Guard and state agency employees to prepare for the storm, as well as enact anti-price gouging laws and allow for the possibility of federal aid.
NHC forecasters say Dorian’s trajectory could change, however, and has proven difficult to predict this week. The Associated Press reports that a low-pressure system could pull the storm north, while a high-pressure system could push the storm closer to south Florida.
According to the NHC, Floridians should expect tropical-storm-force winds starting late Sunday. The agency’s projections show the storm could make landfall with the state early next week.
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The NHC projects the storm will weaken as it moves inland.