Complete Video Coverage: Hurricane Dorian now a Cat 3 as slowly moves near Florida’s East Coast

McLEAN’S TOWN CAY, Bahamas (AP) – Dorian has weakened to a Category 3 hurricane but continues to batter the Bahamas as it remains almost at a standstill.

At 2:00 a.m. EDT Tuesday, the ferocious storm’s center was about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Freeport Grand Bahama Island. It has barely budged from that position since Monday afternoon.

But its wind speeds lessened slightly to 120 mph (193 kph) with higher gusts. That was down from 130 mph (209 kph) Monday evening.

The hurricane is about 100 miles (160 kilometers) east of West Palm Beach, Florida.

The National Hurricane center said Dorian is expected to move “dangerously close” to the Florida east coast late Tuesday through Wednesday evening and then move north to coastal Georgia and South Carolina on Wednesday night and Thursday.

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11:50 p.m.

Hurricane Dorian has caused more than 1,300 flights to be canceled within, as well as into and out of, the U.S.

The flight tracking site FlightAware says the unusually high amount of cancellations on Monday were due mostly to the ferocious storm. At least another 1,000 cancellations are expected Tuesday, with at least half due to the closure of the Orlando International Airport, scheduled for 2 a.m. The site says a total of 50 to 100 flights canceled a day would be typical.

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Hurricane Dorian remains stationary as it continues to pummel Grand Bahama Island.

The National Hurricane center said Dorian is expected to move “dangerously close” to the Florida east coast late Monday through Wednesday evening and then move north to coastal Georgia and South Carolina on Wednesday night and Thursday.

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11 p.m.

Hurricane Dorian remains stationary as it continues to pummel Grand Bahama Island.

At 10:50 p.m. EDT Monday, the ferocious storm’s center was about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Freeport Grand Bahama Island. It has barely budged from that position all day.

But its wind speeds lessened slightly to 130 mph (209 kph). That was down from 140 mph (225 kph) earlier in the evening.

The hurricane is about 100 miles (160 kilometers) east of West Palm Beach, Florida.

The National Hurricane center said Dorian is expected to move “dangerously close” to the Florida east coast late Monday through Wednesday evening and then move north to coastal Georgia and South Carolina on Wednesday night and Thursday.

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7:55 p.m.

Hurricane Dorian is grinding down hard and focusing its fury as it continues to maul the Bahamas.

At 8 p.m. EDT Monday, the ferocious storm’s center was about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Freeport Grand Bahama Island. It has barely budged from that position all day.

But its wind speeds lessened slightly to 140 mph (220 kph). That was down from 155 mph (250 kph) earlier in the day.

On Sunday, Dorian blasted the Bahamas with maximum sustained winds of 185 mph (297 kph).

The National Hurricane center said Dorian is expected to move “dangerously close” to the Florida east coast late Monday through Wednesday evening and then move north to coastal Georgia and South Carolina on Wednesday night and Thursday.

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7:25 p.m.

Hurricane Dorian has been inching eastward as it continues to maul the Bahamas.

At 7 p.m. EDT Monday, the ferocious storm’s center was about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Freeport Grand Bahama Island. That’s about 5 miles (8 kilometers) farther east than it was at 4 p.m.

But its wind speeds remained at 145 mph (230 kph), where they had been for much of the afternoon. That was down from 155 mph (250 kph) earlier in the day.

On Sunday, Dorian blasted the Bahamas with maximum sustained winds of 185 mph (297 kph).

The National Hurricane center said Dorian is expected to move “dangerously close” to the Florida east coast late Monday through Wednesday evening and then move north to coastal Georgia and South Carolina on Wednesday night and Thursday.


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