Daytona Beach, FL – As of the 8 a.m. advisory, Hurricane Dorian is now a Category 5 storm.
The new report from the National Hurricane Center says the move west still continues at 8 mph, with maximum sustained winds now hitting 160 mph, giving Dorian the Category 5 classification.
The eye of Dorian is also close to making landfall in the Bahamas now, with a northward turn expected to begin sometime tomorrow afternoon.
Parts of Florida that went under a tropical storm watch are now under a tropical storm warning, that area being Deerfield Beach up to Sebastian Inlet.
NEW: #Dorian is now a category 5 #hurricane with 160 mph sustained winds. The eyewall of this catastrophic hurricane is about to hit the Abaco Islands with devastating winds. Next advisory: https://t.co/tW4KeFW0gB pic.twitter.com/oFspgN0XbT— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 1, 2019
Volusia and Flagler County could begin to see tropical storm force winds as early as tomorrow, with hurricane force winds coming sometime on Tuesday. Monday is also the day Volusia and Flagler planned on holding mandatory evacuations for the beachside area, low-lying areas and mobile homes/flood zones.
Dorian is also expected to weaken back into a Category 4 by the time it’s over the Bahamas and near Florida.
News Daytona Beach will monitor the tropics and provide updates as soon as possible when they’re available.
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