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Live Updates: 'Catastrophic' Hurricane Dorian Pounds Bahamas, Prompts South Carolina, Georgia Coastal Evacuation

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Dorian, which is now approaching the eastern US coastal state of Florida, has strengthened to a "catastrophic" Category 5 hurricane.

"#Dorian is now a category 5 #hurricane with 160 mph sustained winds. The eyewall of this catastrophic hurricane is about to hit the Abaco Islands with devastating winds", the US National Hurricane Centre warned on Sunday.

Dorian hit the Bahamas with 185 mph gusts earlier on Sunday and has become the strongest hurricane in history to hit the region. Local netizens have shared a shocking video of the damage done by Dorian.

The storm is reportedly expected to barrel over Florida on Monday evening.

Recent forecasting shows that US President Donald Trump's famous Mar-a-Lago resort may be affected by the powerful storm. The US president told reporters on Friday that Mar-a-Lago is a “very powerful place” and it "can handle itself”.

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At least 600 domestic and international flights in the United States scheduled for Monday have been canceled, CNN reported:

At least 119 Monday flights have been canceled at Orlando International Airport; Another 99 have been canceled at Fort Lauderdale International; At least 52 flights at Palm Beach International.

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South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has ordered evacuations for storm Dorian starting noon Monday of Charleston, Beaufort, and portions Jasper, Colleton, Dorchester and Berkeley counties.

 

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Uber has announced in a statement a special offer for those who seek state-approved evacuation centers in Florida.

"We strongly advise our riders, driver-partners, and Uber Eats partners to make safety a priority as Hurricane Dorian approaches. We encourage you to monitor local weather updates, adhere to state and local emergency procedures, and stay off the roads during extreme inclement weather", the company also advised in the statement.

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