According to the sources, Dorian tied the record for the most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever to come ashore in the Bahamas, equaling the Labor Day hurricane of 1935, before storms were named.
Hurricane Dorian strengthened into a powerful Category 5 storm as it powered into the Bahamas Sunday. Moreover, storm surges there were raising water levels more than 20 feet above normal in some areas.
Its maximum sustained winds of 175 mph ripped off roofs, overturned cars and tore down power lines as hundreds hunkered down in schools, churches and shelters.
Notably, there was little information from the affected islands, though officials expected many residents to be left homeless. Most people went to shelters as the storm approached, with tourist hotels shutting down and residents boarding up their homes.
More than 20 million Americans could feel the storm’s impact within a few days.
However, preparations were underway for the massive storm along the Southeast U.S. seaboard.
Furthermore, acting DHS chief Kevin McAleenan said Sunday that the storm could remain just off the U.S. mainland but still cause major problems with high wind speeds, a devastating storm surge and heavy rain.
Evacuations ordered in several states
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster on Sunday ordered the evacuation of his state’s entire coast. The order, which covers about 830,000 people, was to take effect at noon Monday, at which point state troopers were to make all lanes on major coastal highways one-way heading inland.
Georgia’s governor, Brian Kemp, ordered evacuations for that state’s Atlantic coast, also starting at midday Monday.
Hurricane watch extended
The National Hurricane Center extended its warnings to additional parts of Florida.
According to the 11 p.m. ET Sunday advisory: “A Hurricane Watch has been extended northward from the Flagler/Volusia County Line to the Mouth of the St. Mary’s River. A Storm Surge Watch has also been extended northward from the Flagler/Volusia County Line to the Mouth of the St. Mary’s River.”