Hurricane Dorian slows; the Category 5 storm now has winds of 165 mph

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The National Hurricane Center reports that Hurricane Dorian's winds have decreased some. Dorian has maximum sustained winds of 165 mph with gusts over 200 mph.

Hurricane Dorian made landfall Sunday afternoon at Elbow Cay in the Abaco Islands. The Abaco Islands are a group of islands and barrier cays in the northern Bahamas, east of southern Florida.

"Storm Surge 15 to 20 feet above normal tide levels with higher destructive waves," the National Hurricane Center says.  "These hazards will cause extreme destruction in the affected areas and will continue for several hours."

Follow the storm with the FOX8 Hurricane Tracker here.

The hurricane is about 115 miles from West Palm Beach, Florida.

A Hurricane Warning has been issued from Jupiter Inlet to the Volusia/Brevard County Line. A Hurricane Watch has been issued from the Volusia/Brevard County Line to the Flagler/Volusia County Line.

Dorian has slowed down and is moving west at 1 mph. A slow westward motion should continue for the next day or two, followed by a gradual turn toward the northwest. On this track, the core of extremely dangerous Hurricane Dorian will move near or over Grand Bahama Island later tonight and Monday. The hurricane should move closer to the Florida east coast late Monday through Tuesday night.

The storm had been projected to reach Florida for Labor Day Weekend. But current forecasts have it turning north Monday evening. The storm is predicted to ride along the US east coast along Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.

But will it make landfall on any of those states?

It is not yet clear. Many models show the storm staying just off Florida's coast Tuesday and then skirting the coasts of Georgia and North and South Carolina.

On Sunday night, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued on Sunday night a mandatory evacuation for residents of the SC coastline.

On Friday, N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm, and put a price-gouging law into effect.

A major hurricane hovering just off a U.S. coast could cause life-threatening damage.

"Understand: Even if it doesn't directly strike Florida ... you're looking at major flooding events," Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told reporters Saturday in Tallahassee.

According to the National Hurricane Center, some fluctuations in intensity are likely, but Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during the next few days.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told Floridians on Saturday morning they must continue to prepare.

"Understand: Even if it doesn't directly strike Florida ... you're looking at major flooding events," DeSantis said at a news conference in Tallahassee.


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