Hurricane Dorian weakens Category 3 storm over the Bahamas.

The Bahamas took the brunt of Hurricane Dorian and some of its muscle. The storm downgraded to a Category 3 major hurricane overnight, according to the 3 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

Dorian now has maximum sustained winds of 120 mph.

At least five people died in the Abaco Islands following Dorian.

Dorian remains stationary and will continue to pummel Grand Bahama Island into Tuesday morning, the National Hurricane Center said. The storm will them move “dangerously close” to Florida’s east coast late Tuesday through Wednesday night, near the Georgia and South Carolina coasts Wednesday night and Thursday, then near or over the North Carolina coast late Thursday and Friday.

Although Florida is out of the cone, the outer bands have been lashing Florida all of Monday, putting all of Palm Beach County and Okeechobee County under a tropical storm warning.

On the Treasure Coast, the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office said the Sebastian River Medical Center has been evacuated. The Miami Herald reports nearly 2,000 state prisoners have been evacuated ahead of Dorian.

The National Weather Service says a 48 mph wind gust has been reported on the Juno Beach Pier.

Watch and warnings
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for:

Jupiter Inlet to Ponte Vedra
Grand Bahama and the Abacos Islands in the northwestern Bahamas
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for:

North of Deerfield Beach to Jupiter Inlet
Flagler/Volusia County Line to the Altamaha Sound in Georgia
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:

North of Deerfield Beach to Jupiter Inlet
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:

North of Golden Beach to Deerfield Beach
Lake Okeechobee
A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for:

Lantana to the Savannah River
A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for:

North of Deerfield Beach to south of Lantana
Altamaha Sound, Georgia to South Santee River, South Carolina
The counties listed below have issued mandatory evacuation orders for coastal areas:

Brevard County
Duval County
Flagler County
Indian River County
Martin County
Nassau County
Palm Beach County
Putnam County
St. Johns County
St. Lucie County
Volusia County
The counties listed below have issued mandatory evacuation orders for coastal areas:

Glades County
Hendry County
Highlands County
Okeechobee County
Osceola County
The National Hurricane Center says Dorian is also slowing down. It’s now moving west-northwest at 1 mph.

Dorian has turned deadly. A 7-year-old boy drowned on the Abaco Islands. His sister remains missing, according to the Bahamas Press.

Dorian is 105 miles east of West Palm Beach. It’s moving west-northwest at 1 mph. The hurricane will continue to pound Grand Bahama Island throughout the day and night. The hurricane will move dangerously close to the Florida east coast Monday night through Wednesday evening, the National Hurricane Center said.

Severe and widespread flooding in parts of the Northwest and Central Bahamas has been reported, according to Bahamian officials. The Bahamian capital of Nassau, as well as neighboring Paradise Island, remain open but are experiencing periods of rain. However, officials say islands in the Southeastern and Central Bahamas remain unaffected, including The Exumas, Cat Island, San Salvador, Long Island, Acklins/Crooked Island, Mayaguana and Inagua.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with our neighbors in two of our northern islands, Abaco and Grand Bahama Island, which have been directly impacted by Hurricane Dorian,” said Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation Director General Joy Jibrilu. “At this time we are doing everything we can to support these islands as first responders begin rescue efforts and assess damage. We are deeply concerned for the safety and well-being of all those in Abaco and Grand Bahama Island, and continue to be grateful that the majority of our 700 islands and cays have been unaffected.”

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center of the storm. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 140 miles.

The South Florida Water Management District Emergency Operations Center became fully activated Monday to manage the impacts from Dorian. Uber will be suspending services in Palm Beach, Martin, Indian River and St. Lucie counties at midnight Monday due to “deteriorating weather conditions and updates from state and local officials.” For more updates, click here.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport was closed, but will reopen Tuesday after noon.

Palm Beach County opened two additional shelters after ordering evacuations of Zones A and B on Sunday. People can call 561-712-6400 with questions or go online.

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office issued a mandatory evacuation for people who live in Zones A and B on Sunday afternoon. Those areas include Hutchinson Island, Jupiter Island, Sewall’s Point, and those in low-lying areas of the North Fork and South Fork of the St. Lucie River, Indian River Lagoon, Loxahatchee River, and Atlantic Ocean.

Mandatory evacuations for people who live east of US 1 in Indian River County will begin at 8 a.m. on Monday.

In St. Lucie County, mandatory evacuations have been issued for people who live on the barrier island, North and South Hutchinson Island, low-lying coastal areas and manufactured homes. As of Monday, access to the islands will be limited to homeowners and business owners, the sheriff’s office said.

A general shelter is open in Okeechobee County.

Because of Hurricane Dorian, the U.S. Postal Service announced the temporary suspension of delivery and retail operations in South Florida ZIP codes beginning with 334 and 349 on Tuesday, Sept. 3.


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