Hurricane Dorian Is Now a Major Category 4 Storm

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The hurricane could reach wind speeds as high as 140 miles per hour, bringing the storm to a Category 4.

Getting scarier with seemingly every update from forecasters, Dorian strengthened into an "extremely dangerous" Category 3 in the afternoon and was expected to become a potentially catastrophic Category 4 with winds of nearly 140 miles per hour (225 kph) before blowing ashore late Monday or early Tuesday.

Although the storm's track is still uncertain on the Florida Peninsula, Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach and the Trump Doral resort near Miami are in the vicinity of Dorian's projected path.

Governor Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency in 12 counties of neighboring Georgia to assist with storm readiness, response and recovery. The storm has begun to disrupt travel, with at least 83 flights to the Sunshine State already canceled.

Dorian's forward movement is expected to slow as it approaches land, and it should remain slow over land, eventually taking a turn to the north.

As of midday Friday, Dorian was centered about 660 miles east of West Palm Beach with winds of 110 mph and was moving northwest at a slowed-down 10 mph.

In the Bahamas, evacuations were underway in the two days before Dorian was expected to bring a life-threatening storm surge of as much as 10 to 15 feet (3 to 4.5 meters) to the northwest of the islands, the National Hurricane Center said. He said residents should prepare for a "multiday event".

Miami:Hurricane Dorian strengthened into an "extremely dangerous" storm on Friday as it bore down on the Bahamas and the east coast of the USA state of Florida.

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The storm is likely to grow in size, CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen said.

Florida is under a declaration of emergency, and DeSantis has activated 2,500 National Guard troops, with another 1,500 on standby.

The faint hope came on a day in which Dorian seemed to get scarier with each forecast update.

Florida residents have been stocking up on gas and food for a stormy weekend, and officials are urging everyone to be prepared. "Hopefully we'll get lucky, but it looks to me that this time it's heading in one direction, all indications are it's going to hit very hard and it's going to be very big". Dorian was upgraded to a Category 4 hurricane yesterday, as officials described it as "extremely dangerous".

The Bahamas were also in danger, where canned food and bottled water were disappearing quickly and the sound of hammering echoed across the islands as people boarded up their homes. And tourist areas were emptying out Thursday, CNN affiliate WFLA reported. It's unclear if the city will feel the fringe effects of Dorian on Monday as it heads out to sea; that will depend on the storm's track.

29, 2019 image provided by NASA shows a view of Hurricane Dorian from the International Space Station as it churned over the Atlantic Ocean north of Puerto Rico.

Dorian's approach comes days after the Trump administration announced that it would divert $271 million in funds from FEMA - including $155 million from the agency's disaster relief fund - to other units in the Department of Homeland Security in an effort to support the president's border enforcement priorities.

Right now the hurricane center's forecast has Dorian turning north while it is over the middle of the Florida peninsula.

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