19:41 GMT14 August 2020
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    The day before, the US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) upgraded Hurricane Dorian to a Category 5 storm with estimated sustained winds reaching 165 mph.

    The NHC expects the storm to move dangerously close to Florida's east coast starting tonight and continuing through Wednesday.

    The hurricane has already been ravaging the Bahamas since Sunday, with netizens sharing pictures and videos of the destruction that it has wrought. Days before the storm hit the islands, Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis urged residents to evacuate to the main island.

    Last Friday, US President Donald Trump issued an emergency declaration for Florida and "ordered federal assistance to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts". The president, however, has recently been caught making a controversial statement, saying he wasn't sure of ever having heard about a Category 5 hurricane.

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    • 02:28

      Mike Pence Says US Prepared for Approaching Hurricane Dorian

      US Vice President Mike Pence said that the United States was prepared to face the approaching category 4 Hurricane Dorian, which is due to hit the country's southeast on Tuesday.

      "I know I speak for the president when I say how grateful we are for the expressions of concern... and the support and the prayers that we have received as #HurricaneDorian makes its way west. The United States is prepared. The President is where he needs to be," Pence said at a news conference.

    • 00:00

      Virginia Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Hurricane Dorian

      The US eastern state of Virginia has declared a state of emergency ahead of the approaching category 4 Hurricane Dorian, the state's governor, Ralph Northam, said.

      "I've just declared a state of emergency in advance of Hurricane Dorian. Please stay alert as we continue to track this storm and its potential impact on Virginia," Northam tweeted late Monday night.

    • 23:24

      At Least 5 People Killed Due to Hurricane Dorian in Northern Bahamas - Reports

      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.

      At Least 5 People Killed Due to Hurricane Dorian in Northern Bahamas - Reports

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - At least five people were killed in the northern Bahamas due to the devastating effects of Hurricane Dorian, which continues to pummel the region, the CNN news outlet reported, citing Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis.
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    • 22:06

      Orlando International Airport in Florida to Close on Tuesday Ahead of Hurricane Dorian

      The Orlando International Airport in the southeastern US state of Florida will close on Tuesday as the category 4 Hurricane Dorian approaches the state.

      "Dorian's track forces ceasing of operations at [Orlando International Airport] on Tuesday, September 3," the airport tweeted.

      The airport will close at 2:00 a.m. local time (06:00 GMT).

    • 22:02

      Hurricane Dorian Located About 105 Miles (170 Km) East of West Palm Beach, Florida

      According to the US National Hurricane Center, the hurricane currently has maximum sustained winds of 145 Mph (approx. 233 Kmh)

    • 18:50

      US Coast Guard Deploys Crews to the Bahamas

    • 18:38

      US President Trump Receives Hourly Updates on Hurricane Dorian - White House

    • 18:27

      The Bahamas’ Minister of Agriculture Shares Video Documenting Flooding at His Home

    • 18:24

      Rescue Crews Must Wait For Conditions to Improve - Bahamas Officials

      Police Chief Samuel Butler has asked people to remain calm, share their GPS coordinates, and stay in touch. He also said that rescue crews may not be able to reach people until weather conditions improve.

    • 18:23

      At Least One Dead in Storm-Hit Abacos - Bahamas Ministry

    • 14:59

      Hurricane Dorian Weakens to Category 4 Storm, Still Remains 'Extremely Dangerous' - NHC

      "Dorian is an extremely dangerous category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale," the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said in its latest bulletin at 1500 GMT.

      "Although gradual weakening is forecast, Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during the next couple of days."

    • 14:32

      Hurricane Dorian Destroyed or Damaged at Least 13,000 Houses in Bahamas - Red Cross

      "As many as 13,000 houses may have been severely damaged or destroyed. On the island of Abaco, extensive flooding is believed to have contaminated wells with saltwater, creating an urgent need for clean water," the statement said.

    • 13:48

      Bahamas PM Reports of 'Unprecedented Devastation' in Abaco

    • 12:03

      Estimated Losses From Hurricane Dorian May Hit $40 Billion

      According to UBS Group AG's estimates, hurricane Dorian will cause at least $25 billion in losses and may reach as much as $40 billion, depending on whether the hurricane hits the eastern coast of Florida.

    • 11:59

      Mandatory Evacuation Orders to be Issued in Florida, Both Carolinas

      The authorities in Florida and both Carolinas will issue mandatory evacuation orders later on Monday with a total of a dozen counties across three states, including nine in Florida, to be evacuated.

    • 10:58

      Animal Aid Group Evacuates 73 Dogs, Cats From Florida Ahead of Hurricane Dorian

      The Michigan Humane Society has evacuated 73 dogs and cats from Florida that might be hit by hurricane Dorian to Michigan where they will be able to find new owners.

    • 10:23

      First Death Reported as Hurricane Dorian Hits Bahamas

      According to CNN's Spanish department, a seven-year-old boy has become the first victim of the raging hurricane after he drowned in the rising waters on the Abaco Islands.

      “All I can say is that my daughter called from Abaco and said that her son, my grandson, is dead. That's. I don't know what really happened. I think she said she had drowned”, Ingrid McIntosh, the boy's grandmother said.

    • 10:07

      Watch Hurricane Dorian Captured on Video From ISS

    • 09:57

      Eye of Hurricane Dorian is Less Than 100 Miles Off Florida Coast

    • 09:47

      Video: Evolution of Hurricane Dorian

    Live Updates: Hurricane Dorian Weakens to Category 4, But Still 'Extremely Dangerous' - NHC
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