Hurricane Dorian struck the northern Bahamas on Sunday afternoon and continued to destroy the south-eastern coast of the United States from Florida to the Carolinas.
According to reports, the hurricane made landfall as a ‘catastrophic’ category 5 hurricane with a maximum wind speed of 185 miles per hour.
The residents have been evacuated from the predicted path, as one of the “biggest storms hit the island chain in modern times”, the US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said.
The forecasters had earlier warned that the storm had become extremely intense and cautioned people to remain alert.
“A small deviation to the left of the track could bring the intense core of the hurricane and its dangerous winds closer to or onto the coast,” they said.
US President Donald Trump tweeted and said, “Pray for the people in the Bahamas. Being hit like never before, Category 5. Almost 200 MPH winds.”
A state of emergency has been declared in Florida as the storm started moving westward on Monday evening to strike the US East Coast.
Meanwhile, the state government has urged President Trump to declare a pre-landfall disaster for all of the state’s 67 counties.
As per a media report, the governors of states of Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina have also declared a state of emergency as the storm intensified.
Georgia governor Brian P. Kemp said, “Starting noon tomorrow, individuals east of I-95 in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty, and McIntosh Counties must evacuate due to Hurricane #Dorian.@GeorgiaEMA and @GADeptofTrans will start westerly contraflow on I-16 at 8 AM on Tuesday, Sept. 3. Stay vigilant and be safe.”
“Gov. Henry McMaster Orders Mandatory Evacuations for Coastal Counties Effective Tomorrow, September 2 at Noon | Governor Also Ordered School and State Government Office Closures in Coastal Counties,” South Caroline Governor tweeted.
The increasing strength makes this the fourth consecutive year that a cyclone has reached category 5; an NHC official was quoted as saying.