LIVE UPDATE: Dorian beginning to lash Florida

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Dorian’s outer rainbands began lashing Florida’s east coast Tuesday night as the system moved away from the Bahamas.

The Category 2 storm has maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said in its 5 a.m. advisory.

The storm bore down on the Bahamas for 48 hours. Seven people were confirmed to have died and that number is expected to rise. Approximately 13,000 homes were destroyed in one group of islands in the Bahamas alone.

The National Hurricane Center says the core of Dorian will move dangerously close to the east coast of Florida and the Georgia coast on Tuesday night through Wednesday night. The center of Dorian is forecast to then move near or over the coast of the Carolinas Thursday through Friday morning.

As of 5 a.m., the hurricane is about 90 miles east of Daytona Beach, Florida.

WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN PLACE:

HURRICANE WARNING:

  • Volusia/Brevard County FL line to Ponte Vedra Beach FL
  • North of Savannah River to Surf City NC

HURRICANE WATCH:

  • North of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida to Savannah River
  • North of Surf City NC to the North Carolina/Virginia border
  • Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds

TROPICAL STORM WARNING:

  • Sebastian Inlet FL to the Volusia/Brevard County FL line
  • North of Ponte Vedra Beach FL to Savannah River

TROPICAL STORM WATCH:

  • The North Carolina/Virginia border to Chincoteague VA
  • Chesapeake Bay from Smith Point southward

STORM SURGE WARNING:

  • Sebastian Inlet FL to Surf City NC

STORM SURGE WATCH:

  • North of Surf City NC to Poquoson VA, including Hampton Roads
  • Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds
  • Neuse and Pamlico Rivers

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