Dorian no longer poses a threat to Florida in terms of landfall, but coastal residents will still feel the impacts, CNN Meteorologist Robert Shackelford said.
“Widespread tropical storm force gusts, heavy rain and heavy storm surge are still in the forecast for the Florida coast for the next couple of days,” all of which can lead to power outages, flooding and other disasters, he said.
The state will continue feeling the storm’s effects Tuesday with expected heavy rains, the National Weather Center said.
“An additional rain band from #Dorian is moving inland to Palm Beach county,” the weather center said. “Gusty winds and heavy rain will occur, and if this rain falls over areas with pre-existing ponded water, localized flooding may develop.”
US prepares for storm
Millions across Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas are under hurricane and tropical storm alerts.
A 68-year-old man in the state died while preparing for the storm.
David Allen Bradley was putting up plywood when he fell three stories to his death, Indialantic Police Department Chief Mike Connor told CNN.
Bradley was on a small ladder trying to cover up the windows to his home Sunday afternoon. His wife was inside at the moment of the incident and ran outside when she heard the crash. By the time police got there, it was too late, Connor said.
“It’s going to be difficult for us to get out to the barrier islands after the storm. … This is a slow-moving storm, so we’re concerned that those folks might get isolated out there for a time until Dorian actually passes and it’s safe for our first responders to get out there to them,” Martin County Emergency Management Director Michele Jones.
The governor also ordered 2,000 Georgia National Guardsmen to assist with hurricane preparation, response and recovery efforts.
Dorian kills five in Bahamas
Among the five people confirmed dead across the islands was an 8-year-old boy.
Ingrid McIntosh told Eyewitness News she believes her grandson died in the rising waters. Her 31-year-old daughter found the boy’s body, she told the local news outlet. She says her granddaughter is also missing.
“I just saw my grandson about two days ago,” McIntosh said. “He told me he loved me. He was going back to Abaco, he turned around and said, ‘Grandma, I love you.'”
Bahamian officials said Monday it was still difficult to assess the number of casualties amid the continuing dire conditions.
“It’s not safe to go outdoors,” Bahamian Foreign Affairs Minister Darren Henfield said. “Power lines are down. Lamp posts are down. Trees are across the street. It is very dangerous to be outdoors.”
Monday night, Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said the storm would continue battering Grand Bahama Island for “many more hours.”
One resident from Marsh Harbour, an Abaco Island town, told CNN he saw people walking in waist-deep waters and a house that had flipped over.
Minnis said initial reports from Abaco suggest “the devastation is unprecedented and extensive.”
“Many homes, businesses and other buildings have been completely or partially destroyed,” he said.
CNN’s Andrea Diaz contributed to this report.