The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center is now forecasting that Hurricane Dorian will inch up the Florida coast over the next few days, reaching Georgia on Thursday (Sept. 5) and North Carolina on Friday (Sept. 6).
"What we are hearing lends credence to the fact that this has been a catastrophic storm and a catastrophic impact", he said. People really packed it up and left.
"We will confirm what the real situation is on the ground", Health Minister Duane Sands said.
Sands said that Dorian rendered the main hospital on Grand Bahama unusable, while the hospital in Marsh Harbor in the Abaco islands was in need of food, water, medicine and surgical supplies.
Turkey on August 4 expressed sadness over the deadly Hurricane Dorian.
Strong winds move the palms of the palm trees at the first moment of the arrival of Hurricane Dorian in Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Sunday Sept. 1, 2019.
Personnel from the 45th Space Wing of the U.S. Air Force, which is headquartered at nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, are also on hand at NASA's Launch Control Center for the hurricane.
And Virginia governor Ralph Northam also declared a state of emergency in his state on Monday, his office said, anticipating that its southeast coast could be hit by the storm tomorrow.
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Scientists say that climate change generally has been fueling more powerful and wetter storms but that linking any specific hurricane to global warming would require more detailed study.
The governors of Georgia and SC also ordered mandatory evacuations Monday and Tuesday, and SC declared a state of emergency. Several large airports announced closures and many flights were canceled on Tuesday.
Orlando International Airport ceased commercial operations because of the storm, it said in a statement.
At one point, the storm was moving as slow as one mile per hour, dumping rain on the islands and blasting them with high winds while refusing to move on.
The governors of Georgia and SC had ordered evacuations of some coastal counties.
"In this case, I don't have to come into a house full of junk", he said.
Forecasters have told Floridians to heed mandatory evacuation orders now in effect for at least nine counties. "You know, God always provides, ya'll", Sammye Wooded said.
Scientists say climate change generally has been fueling more powerful and wetter storms and the only recorded storm more powerful than Dorian was Hurricane Allen in 1980, with 190 miles per hour (305 kph) winds, though it did not make landfall at that strength.