Hurricane Dorian moving away from Central Florida, winds expected through the evening

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It will begin to near the Carolina' coast Thursday through Friday, as it makes a turn towards the northeast.

In this handout aerial photo provided by the Head Knowles Foundation, damage is seen from Hurricane Dorian on Abaco Island on September 3, 2019 in the Bahamas. On this track, Hurricane Dorian will move parallel to the Florida east coast and the Georgia coast through Wednesday night.

It is a scene of utter devastation after the Category 5 Hurricane Dorian ravaged the Bahamas.

It has sped up from 2 mph on Tuesday to 8 mph on Wednesday morning with sustained winds of 105 mph.

Meanwhile, forecasters are tracking two other storms in the tropics - both are not projected to impact the U.S. Tropical Storm Fernand in the Gulf of Mexico is moving west, and is expected to arrive in Mexico later Wednesday.

Virginia also declared a state of emergency Tuesday, expecting possible flooding, storm surge, damaging winds and prolonged power outages, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management said. Winds of up to 185 miles per hour pounded the island and nearby Abaco. Winds should settle considerably as the sun sets.

The state's coastal areas will see life-threatening storm surge and risky winds, according to the hurricane center, "regardless of the exact track of Dorian's center". A risk of a few more squally rain showers exists this afternoon, mainly north and northeast of Orlando.

The hurricane warning for the northeastern coast of Florida from the Volusia/Brevard County line to Ponte Vedra Beach has been changed to a tropical storm warning. These extended inland to parts of Central Florida, which prompted a flood advisory for portions of Lake, Volusia, and Orange counties. Heavy rains and storm surges are still expected to occur for those living near the coast.

Swells from the approaching system will grow as it nears, causing potentially life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Trump has promised further recovery aid to the Bahamas.

Over 2 million people along the coast in Florida, Georgia and North and SC were warned to evacuate.

The government of the Bahamas has discontinued all warnings and watches for the Bahamas.

Dorian made landfall as a Category 5 storm in the northwest islands of the Bahamas on Sunday and came to a virtual halt, battering Abaco and Grand Bahama.

The storm has devastated much of the Bahamas, where the official death count stands at seven but is expected to rise as authorities reach damaged areas. It was the most powerful hurricane on record ever to hit the Bahamas.



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