Dorian is still battering the Abacos and Grand Bahama Islands, according to the latest public advisory from the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
Storm surges are expected to raise water levels as high as 18 to 23 feet (5 to 7 meters) above normal, producing “large and destructive” waves along the coast of both islands.
The hurricane is forecast to lash the region overnight and through much of Monday. It’s now expected to reach Florida’s east coast late Monday into Tuesday night.
Residents in the Bahamas should not venture out into the eye, the calmest center of the storm, the NHC said, because as the eye passes, winds will suddenly increase to dangerous levels.
Dorian’s wind speeds have slowed slightly from 185 miles per hour to 180 mph, but it’s still a Category 5 hurricane.
“Slow weakening is forecast, but fluctuations in intensity could occur couple of days. Regardless, Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during the next few days,” the advisory read.
The center of the storm at 11p.m. is located 55 miles (90 km) east of Freeport on Grand Bahama and 135 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida. Dorian is moving westward at only 6 mph (9 kph).
Read the full advisory here.