19:49 GMT28 February 2020
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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - About 1,500 flights scheduled to service the US state of Florida were cancelled on Tuesday because of Hurricane Dorian, open data revealed.

    An estimated 1,500 flights to or from Florida have been cancelled as a precaution due to Hurricane Dorian, open data on FlightAware.com revealed.

    The cancellations have affected operations at airports in the cities of Miami, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, and Palm Beach.

    On Sunday, Hurricane Dorian was given the highest possible designation, a category 5 storm with maximum sustained winds reaching 185 miles per hour

    The hurricane unleashed heavy rains and wind gusts across the Bahamas on Monday, affecting some 13,000 buildings and killing at least five people.

    Dorian has since been downgraded to a category 3 hurricane and currently remains at a standstill off Grand Bahama Island.

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