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Hurricane alert in effect for northwest Bahamas

The Department of Meteorology issued a hurricane alert for the northwest Bahamas this morning as Hurricane Dorian continued to move closer to the country.

The islands on alert include: New Providence, Eleuthera, Abaco, Grand Bahama, North Andros, Bimini and the Berry Islands. A hurricane alert means that hurricane conditions are expected in the mentioned islands within 60 hours.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said interests in northwestern and the Central Bahamas should monitor Dorian’s progress. At 5 a.m., the storm was about 425 miles east of the southeastern Bahamas.

According to the 5 a.m. NHC advisory, Hurricane Dorian remained a category one storm packing winds up to 85 miles per hour. However, it is projected to strengthen into a major hurricane sometime on Friday.

“Dorian is moving toward the northwest near 13 mph, and this general motion is expected to continue through Friday,” according to the NHC advisory.

“A west-northwestward motion is forecast to begin Friday night and continue into the weekend.  On this track, Dorian should move over the Atlantic well east of the southeastern and Central Bahamas today and on Friday, and approach the northwestern Bahamas on Saturday.”

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