Dorian becomes Category 5 hurricane, closes in on Bahamas


MIAMI (AP/WAVY) — Hurricane Dorian has strengthened to a major Category 5 storm. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the hurricane is “extremely dangerous” and poses a significant threat to Florida and the northwestern Bahamas.

Hurricane Dorian continues to have 160 mph sustained winds, but winds gusts are hitting 185 mph making it a catastrophic storm, the National Hurricane Center reported on Sunday.

As of 8 a.m. on Sunday, Hurricane Dorian was located about 225 miles east of West Palm Beach in Florida.

Weather Blog: Dorian May Bring Heavy Rain, High Winds to Our Area

Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 storm, has a forecast path continues to have much of North Carolina and South Carolina in the forecast cone, according to the 11 p.m. Saturday update from the National Hurricane Center.

Super Doppler 10 Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson says it’s still too far out to forecast details, but tidal flooding across the Outer Banks and Hampton Roads is a possibility heading into Thursday.

South Carolina’s governor declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm on Saturday.

Later in the evening, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper also declared a state of emergency.

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