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Dorian strengthens into “dangerous” category 5 storm, eyewall about to hit Abaco

Hurricane Dorian has strengthened into an “extremely dangerous” category 5 storm, packing winds up to 160 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center’s (NHC) latest advisory, which warned of “devastating” conditions in Abaco and Grand Bahama.

“On this track, the core of extremely dangerous Hurricane Dorian should be moving over Great Abaco soon, and continue near or over Grand Bahama Island later tonight and Monday,” NHC said in its 8 a.m. advisory.

“The hurricane should move closer to the Florida east coast late Monday through Tuesday night.

“…Devastating hurricane conditions are expected in the Abacos… very soon and these conditions will spread across Grand Bahama Island later today.”

NHC also warned of “life-threatening” storm surges. It is projected that water levels will rise by as much as 15 to 20 feet above normal tide levels in some areas in Abaco and Grand Bahama.

“Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves,” NHC added.

Additionally, Dorian is expected to produce 12 to 24 inches in the northwestern Bahamas and up to 30 inches isolated areas.

On Friday, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis appealed to residents in vulnerable areas to evacuate. However, reports are that some people have refused to leave.

NEMA conducted an evacuation exercise early today in Abaco. NEMA officials told The Guardian that they have since received additional evacuation calls from people who are stranded on Sweeting’s Cay. It is unclear if they will receive help.

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