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Hurricane Dorian, packing life-threatening winds of 185 mph, has made landfall in the northwestern Bahamas.
As of the National Hurricane Center’s 5 p.m. advisory Sunday, Dorian was located 95 nukes east of Freeport, Bahamas and 175 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida. The storm has slowed down and is moving west at 5 mph.
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“Eye of catastrophic Hurricane Dorian over the Abacos islands in the Bahamas,” the NHC said.
The NHC has recorded wind gusts of up to 220 mph.
“Dorian becomes the strongest hurricane in modern records for the northwestern Bahamas,” the NHC wrote in a statement. “Catastrophic conditions occurring in the Abacos islands.”
A tropical storm watch has been issued for Broward County as the Hurricane Dorian “Cone of Concern” shifted slightly south. Broward County is not within the “Cone of Concern” but Palm Beach County remains.
The tropical storm watch encompasses all of metro Broward County and the offshore waters of Miami and Homestead. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Palm Beach County.
A hurricane warning is in effect for the northwestern Bahamas, excluding Andros Island, as well as from Jupiter Inlet to Volusia County.
A hurricane watch is in effect for Andros Island and the east coast of Florida from north of Deerfield Beach to the Volusia/Flagler County Line.
A tropical storm warning is in effect from north of Deerfield Beach to Jupiter Inlet in Florida.
A tropical storm watch is in effect for north of Golden Beach to Deerfield Beach, as well as Lake Okeechobee.
Mandatory evacuations have been ordered in Palm Beach County for residential structures in Zone A and Zone B as of 1 p.m. Sunday. Click here for more information. For a Palm Beach County “Know Your Zone” map, click here.
“Zone A includes mobile homes, sub-standard housing and low-lying areas prone to water intrusion,” Palm Beach County officials wrote in a statement. “Zone B generally includes the barrier islands, land areas north and south of the Jupiter Inlet, and other surge-vulnerable areas south along the Intracoastal Waterway to the Broward County line.”