An already dangerous Hurricane Dorian intensified yet again Sunday as it closed in on the northern Bahamas, threatening to batter islands with Category 5-strength winds, pounding waves and torrential rain as people hunkered down in schools, churches and other shelters.
As of 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Dorian was a Category 5 storm with maximum sustained winds of 175 mph. The storm is centered about 225 miles east of West Palm Beach. The storm is moving west at 8 mph.
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Millions from Florida to the Carolinas kept a wary eye on Dorian, meanwhile, amid indications it would veer sharply northeastward after passing the Bahamas and track up the U.S. Southeast seaboard. But authorities warned even if its core did not make U.S. landfall and stayed offshore, the potent Category 4 storm would likely hammer U.S. coastal areas with powerful winds and heavy surf.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday that President Donald Trump had approved a federal emergency declaration for his state. The governor had previously declared a state of emergency for all 67 Florida counties.
The state has 819,000 gallons of water and 1.8 million meals ready for distribution, DeSantis said Friday.