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The eye of category 5 Hurricane Dorian is crawling over the Abacos Islands in the Bahamas according to the 5 p.m. advisory by the National Hurricane Center. The storm is now heading toward Grand Bahama.

Dorian’s has maintained its maximum sustained winds of 185 mph. The storm is about  175 miles from Florida’s east coast. It will move dangerously close to the Florida east coast late Monday through Tuesday night.

It has become the strongest hurricane in modern records for the northwestern Bahamas, according to NHC.

The following watches and warnings have been issued by the NHC:

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for

  • Lantana to the Volusia/Brevard County Line

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for:

  • * North of Deerfield Beach to Lantana
  • * Volusia/Brevard County Line to the Flagler/Volusia County Line

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for…

  • * Northwestern Bahamas excluding Andros Island
  • * Jupiter Inlet to the Volusia/Brevard County Line

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…

  • * Andros Island
  • * North of Deerfield Beach to Jupiter Inlet
  • * Volusia/Brevard County Line to the Flagler/Volusia County Line

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…

  • * North of Deerfield Beach to Jupiter Inlet

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…

  • * North of Golden Beach to Deerfield Beach
  • * Lake Okeechobee

A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case within the next 12 hours.

A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area.

A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.

A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours. A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.