Trump says US is ‘well-prepared’ for Hurricane Dorian

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the deadly storm is now about 90 miles (144 kilometers) east northeast of Cape Canaveral, Florida. The core of Dorian will move dangerously close to the Florida east coast and the Georgia coast through Wednesday night.

Dombek said the most risky impact of Dorian will be the rip tides it will create offshore and on NY beaches, with Long Island also expected to see stronger winds with gusts up to 50 miles per hour.

Stores and restaurants were boarded up with wood and corrugated metal in the city's historic downtown, and about 830,000 people were under mandatory evacuation orders on the SC coast.

The "apocalyptic" damage inflicted on the Bahamas by Hurricane Dorian began to emerge Wednesday; with rescue crews arriving after the powerful storm stalled over the island chain for almost 40 years.

The storm is expected to continue its slow trip north, eventually shifting to a northeastern trajectory and traveling along the coasts of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.

While the storm has weakened, experts warn Dorian is still expected to cause unsafe flash floods as it travels up the coast. Winds should settle considerably as the sun sets. They could reach two to four feet between Sebastian Inlet and the Volusia/Brevard County line.

Dorian changes course, Florida, Georgia, Carolinas at risk
Both Grand Bahama and Abaco are hubs of the Bahamas tourist industry, which plays a vital part in the island chain's economy. Dorian began on Friday over the Atlantic as a Category 2 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale .

By Thursday, the Carolinas are projected to feel the effects of Dorian, but after the storm should head off and not bother anyone in the northeast U.S. Life-threatening surf and rip current conditions are also likely.

The government of the Bahamas has discontinued all warnings and watches for the Bahamas.

Rescuers trying to reach drenched and stunned victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas fanned out across a blasted landscape of smashed and flooded homes Wednesday, while disaster relief organizations rushed to bring in food and medicine.

The Category 2 storm, which ravaged the Bahamas with more than a full day of devastating wind and rain, threatened to swamp low-lying regions from Georgia to southeastern Virginia as it moved northward.

"It was the strongest hurricane on record to make landfall in the Bahamas", stated Clare Nullis, spokesperson for the World Meteorological Association.

  • Delia Davidson