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Maintainance workers try to remove a tree from a road in Nassau, New Providence island in the Bahamas, on October 6, 2016, after the passing of Hurricane Matthew - Sputnik International

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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01:57 GMT 02.09.2019
Georgia Governor Kemp Enacts Mandatory Evacuations for Chatham, Bryan, Liberty, McIntosh, Glynn, and Camden Counties
01:18 GMT 02.09.2019
At Least 600 US Flights Cancelled for Monday As Dorian Approaches Florida - Report

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.

01:01 GMT 02.09.2019
Hurricane Dorian 'Western Eyewall' Crossing Eastern Grand Bahama Island - NHC
00:33 GMT 02.09.2019
'I Knew It Existed': Trump 'Not Sure' He 'Ever Even Heard of the Category 5' Hurricane Dorian
President Donald Trump talks to media before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, for the short trip to Andrews Air Force Base en route to Havelock, N.C. - Sputnik International
'I Knew It Existed': Trump 'Not Sure' He 'Ever Even Heard of the Category 5' Hurricane Dorian
23:16 GMT 01.09.2019
Hurricane Dorian 'Western Eyewall' Approaching Eastern Grand Bahama Island - NHC
22:47 GMT 01.09.2019
South Carolina Governor Orders Evacuations for Hurricane Dorian Starting Noon Monday

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.

 

22:42 GMT 01.09.2019
Hurricane Dorian 'Eastern Eyewall' Passing Over Great Abaco
22:37 GMT 01.09.2019
'Extremely Dangerous High Surf Conditions From Hurricane Dorian' - Bolton
21:46 GMT 01.09.2019
Stunning Close Up Photo of ‘Stadium Effect’ in Dorian Eye
Hurricane Dorian - Sputnik International
US National Hurricane Center Posts Stunning Close Up Photo of ‘Stadium Effect’ in Dorian Eye
21:40 GMT 01.09.2019
Photos: Florida Public School Shelters Receive First Evacuees
21:38 GMT 01.09.2019
North Carolina Governor Declares State of Emergency for All Counties
21:29 GMT 01.09.2019
US Schools, Universities Shut Down, Brace for 'Catastrophic' Hurricane Dorian
21:06 GMT 01.09.2019
National Hurricane Centre Issues First Warning For Florida as Dorian Heads Toward Grand Bahama
20:57 GMT 01.09.2019
Dramatic Videos of Hurricane Dorian Destruction
Extremely dangerous Hurricane Dorian poses a significant threat to Florida and the Northwestern Bahamas - Sputnik International
Bahama Netizens Share Dramatic Videos of Hurricane Dorian Destruction
20:06 GMT 01.09.2019
'Catastrophic' Category 5 Dorian Pounds Great Abaco - National Hurricane Centre
19:58 GMT 01.09.2019
Uber Offers Free Rides in Some Areas of Florida Amid Hurricane Dorian

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.

19:54 GMT 01.09.2019
'Pray for the People in the Bahamas' - Trump
19:50 GMT 01.09.2019
First-Hand Videos Show Damage as Hurricane Dorian Crashes Into Bahamas
This video grab image shows boats are tied up in preparation for the approach of Hurricane Dorian on September 1, 2019 in Sandyport, Nassau, Bahamas. - Sputnik International
'Like Never in History': First-Hand Videos Show Damage as Hurricane Dorian Crashes Into Bahamas
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