HURRICANE DORIAN: Weakens to a Category 2 As it Targets Florida

UPDATE (12:05 p.m. ET): Dorian has weakened to a category 2, but is starting to move northward.

Hurricane Dorian has weakened slightly to a category 3 storm with 120 mph winds, but is still moving very slowly as it continues to batter the Bahamas.

The storm parked itself over Grand Bahama island and has delivered an historic amount of destruction, claiming at least five lives and destroying an estimated 13,000 homes.

Dorian is expected to finally leave the Bahamas today and turn northwest coming “dangerously close” to the Florida coast bringing rain, wind and a powerful storm surge tonight and tomorrow. It’s expected to continue moving up the coast to Georgia and the Carolinas later in the week. (USA Today)

Hot Takes:

  • Emergency crews in the Bahamas really have their work cut out for them. Early pictures and video show unbelievable destruction.
  • The fear is that the death roll will rise.
  • The Florida coast is up next, but the center of the storm is expected to stay about 30 miles off the coast which should hopefully lessen the blow. But it’s still expected to cause a lot of damage.