Hurricane Dorian “won’t budge” as it keeps bludgeoning Grand Bahama Island

Downgraded to Category 3 storm

Hurricane Dorian continued to pound Grand Bahama island early Tuesday, refusing to leave. It “won’t budge,” the U.S. National Hurricane Center declared.

Dorian was a Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 190 kph as of 2 a.m. EDT, the Center said, after slamming into the Bahamas as a Category 5 — as intense as a hurricane can get.

It unleashed massive flooding, shredding roofs, hurling cars and forcing rescue crews to take shelter. By late Monday afternoon, the storm’s top sustained winds fell to 210 kph — down from 300 kph hours earlier — as it crept along on its path of destruction. Storm surges in some places raised water levels more than six metres above normal.

The hurricane center said Dorian would be right at or perhaps even brush the southeast U.S. coast when it does move, and evacuations were ordered for parts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

As of 2 a.m. Tuesday, Dorian’s core was still some 20 kilometres northeast of Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, and about 62 kilometres east of West Palm Beach, Florida, the Center said. The storm was stationary.

Hurricane Dorian’s projected path as of 2 a.m. on September 3, 2019NOAA / NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER

The Associated Press says Dorian tied the record for the most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever to come ashore in the Bahamas, equaling the Labor Day hurricane of 1935, before storms were named.

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