Florida meteorologists warned late Sunday that Hurricane Dorian – a Category 5 monster that continues to hit parts of the Bahamas with winds of 185 mph – is the strongest storm to ever threaten the state's east coast. .
The storm – which was about 135 miles east of West Palm Beach at 11:35 PM ET Sunday – is still considered unpredictable. Millions of residents on the East Coast are watching whether the storm will turn north in the next two days and spare the country a direct blow.
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"No matter what this storm takes, our state will be affected," said Jared Moskowitz, director of the state's Emergency Management Department. "We will continue to work around the clock to prepare."
The National Hurricane Center on Sunday issued its first hurricane warning for Florida-related parts of Dorian. The storm slowed down early Monday and moved west at 5 mph.
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Glenn Richards, chief meteorologist at Fox 35, said late Sunday that the forecast "turns Dorian northwest Monday afternoon / evening" and should be around midnight – midnight 70 miles off the coast of Central Florida.
"This will cause winds and gusts of tropical storms along the coast with gusts of tropical storms inland. I'm still expecting 1-3 inches of rain inland with 3-6 inches near the coast, "he said. "The worst weather comes Tuesday and leaves early Wednesday."
The US National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane watch for Florida's east coast from Deerfield Beach north to the Georgia State Line. The same area was placed under a storm watch.
Ken Graham, director of the Hurricane Center, urged people not to bet on safety just because the forecast road made the storm a little shore. With each new forecast, "we continue to hit (the Dorian trail) a little to the left" – that is, closer to the Florida coast, Graham said.
The storm hit the Bahamas on Sunday as the strongest hurricane in modern records for the northwestern islands.
CANCELLATION ON FLIGHT
Dr. The Bahamas prime minister, Hubert Minis, called on Sunday as he described the devastation left behind. Forecasters said Dorian is likely to start withdrawing from the Bahamas early Tuesday.
"This is a deadly storm and a monstrous storm. I can only tell them that I hope this is not the last time they will hear my voice and God be with them, "he said.
There is little information from the affected islands, although officials expected many residents to Most people went to shelters when the storm approached, with tourist hotels shutting down and residents getting into their homes. up to 220 mph, tying the record for the most powerful Atlantic hurricane,
This is equivalent to the Labor Day hurricane of 1935, before storms were called. The only recorded storm that was more powerful was Hurricane Alan in 1980, with 190 miles
South Carolina Governor Henry issued a McMaster order Sunday for the mandatory evacuation of the entire coast of his state. The order, which covers about 830,000 people, was to enter force on Monday at noon, at which point state troops had to do everything and sails along the main coastal highways one-way towards the interior.
A few hours later, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp ordered mandatory evacuations to that country's Atlantic coast, also beginning at noon Monday. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned his condition that heavy rain, winds and flooding could be observed later in the week.
"As we continue to watch this storm, all Floridians must follow the local reports and comply with the evacuation call." Florida Governor Ron Desantis said: "We are ready to deploy our assets as needed and will continue to monitor traffic and fuel levels as more counties fall under hurricane clocks and warnings."
Frans Miles and the associated Fox News Press contributed to this report