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Stabbing attack injures 6 in US Florida

A mass stabbing occurred in the U.S. state of Florida Wednesday morning, causing at least six injured, according to local police.

The incident took place at a local factory near the state capital of Tallahassee. The victims had been rushed to a local hospital with different injuries, according to a spokesperson with the local police department.

The suspect had been taken into custody, the police department said.

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Mar-a-Lago Trial Opens With Odd Plea — A Request for Underwear

he Chinese woman representing herself against charges she trespassed at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida began her trial Monday by saying — incorrectly — that she thought the proceeding had been canceled. She also prompted a brief delay because she didn’t have any underwear.

Yujing Zhang, who is accused of unlawfully entering Trump’s Palm Beach club and then lying to the Secret Service about why she was there, has confounded the court with her seemingly inexplicable legal moves. She fired her public defender a few months ago despite having no apparent knowledge of American courtroom procedures.

The first day of Zhang’s trial was even more unusual.

Zhang, a 33-year-old Shanghai consultant who faces six years in prison, arrived in court Monday in her prison garb instead of street clothes. In trying to explain why, the conversation quickly turned to underwear.

Zhang told U.S. District Judge Roy Altman she had no undergarments, though it was never completely clear why. She was reluctant to wear a silky blouse provided to her without a bra, so she opted instead for the prison-issue uniform.

“Could you provide me the undergarments,“ Zhang asked the judge through an interpreter.

“I don’t have any undergarments,” Altman said.

The judge has accused Zhang of “playing games,” and he has suggested she understands more than she lets on. Prosecutors say she is smarter and better spoken in English than she appears.

Altman has repeatedly advised Zhang to use the services of a public defender. She has refused, though she did accept help to end Monday’s wardrobe crisis.

Public defender Kristy Militello, who has been on standby on judge’s orders, intervened to arrange for Zhang to get some non-prison clothing — Zhang was permitted to leave the court to change into a beige blouse and khaki pants. Militello also advised Zhang during jury selection.

In the lead-up to trial, Zhang has portrayed herself as clueless, and the prosecution has insinuated it could be an act.

She sometimes uses a Mandarin interpreter provided by the court and sometimes doesn’t. The language issue came up again Monday, when Zhang asked the judge not to speak at the same time as the translator. He said the translation had to be simultaneous lest the trial drag on too long.

Prosecutors have hinted at something more nefarious than mere trespassing. They have highlighted the cache of electronics Zhang brought to the club, including four cell phones, a laptop and a thumb drive initially thought to contain malware. Prosecutors ultimately walked back that last claim, saying the malware idea may have resulted from a “false positive.”

Prosecutor Michael Sherwin said the U.S. will use testimony and forensic evidence from Zhang’s electronics, including her iPhone, to show she trespassed in a prohibited area and lied to federal agents.

In her hotel room, she also had cash and a device to detect hidden cameras.

Investigators are looking into Zhang as part of a broader FBI-led investigation into whether Chinese operatives are targeting Trump and Mar-a-Lago to get information about the administration’s policies regarding China, a person familiar with the probe said in April, asking not to be identified because the inquiry is ongoing. The counterintelligence investigation, which began in December, expanded after Zhang’s arrest, the person said at the time.

UNGA president voices solidarity with Hurricane Dorian victims

UN General Assembly President Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces has expressed solidarity with the victims of and those affected by Hurricane Dorian, which has wreaked havoc in the Bahamas in the Caribbean.

Espinosa, in a tweet Monday, regretted the destruction and devastation caused by the hurricane in the Bahamas, which has so far caused five deaths and left at least 20 people injured.

She said the situation is being very closely monitored and urged the international community to stand ready to help.

Within the past few years, the Bahamas had been severely affected by at least three major hurricanes, all category four storms or above.

The impact of Hurricanes Joaquin (2015), Matthew (2016), and Irma (2017) on the Bahamas had been reported by the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean to cost approximately 820 million U.S. dollars.

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-09/04/c_138362784.htm

Dorian triggers massive flooding in Bahamas; at least 5 dead

Hurricane Dorian unleashed massive flooding across the Bahamas on Monday, pummeling the islands with so much wind and water that authorities urged people to find floatation devices and grab hammers to break out of their attics if necessary. At least five deaths were blamed on the storm.

“We are in the midst of a historic tragedy,” Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said in announcing the fatalities. He called the devastation “unprecedented and extensive.”

The fearsome Category 4 storm slowed almost to a standstill as it shredded roofs, hurled cars and forced even rescue crews to take shelter until the onslaught passed.

Officials said they received a “tremendous” number of calls from people in flooded homes. A radio station received more than 2,000 distress messages, including reports of a 5-month-old baby stranded on a roof and a grandmother with six grandchildren who cut a hole in a roof to escape rising floodwaters. Other reports involved a group of eight children and five adults stranded on a highway and two storm shelters that flooded.

The deaths in the Bahamas came after a previous storm-related fatality in Puerto Rico. At least 21 people were hurt in the Bahamas and evacuated by helicopters, the prime minster said.

Police Chief Samuel Butler urged people to remain calm and share their GPS coordinates, but he said rescue crews had to wait until weather conditions improved.

“We simply cannot get to you,” he told Bahamas radio station ZNS.

Forecasters warned that Dorian could generate a storm surge as high as 23 feet (7 meters).

Meanwhile in the United States, the National Hurricane Center extended watches and warnings across the Florida and Georgia coasts. Forecasters expected Dorian to stay off shore, but meteorologist Daniel Brown cautioned that “only a small deviation” could draw the storm’s dangerous core toward land.

By 10 p.m. EDT Monday, the storm’s top sustained winds had fallen to 140 mph (220 kph), still within Category 4 range. It was still virtually stationary, centered just 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Freeport — about the same distance from the city it had been at noon. Hurricane-force winds extended outward as far as 45 miles (75 kilometers) from the center

The water reached roofs and the tops of palm trees. One woman filmed water lapping at the stairs of her home’s second floor.

In Freeport, Dave Mackey recorded video showing water and floating debris surging around his house as the wind shrieked outside.

“Our house is 15 feet up, and right now where that water is is about 8 feet. So we’re pretty concerned right now because we’re not at high tide,” said Mackey, who shared the video with The Associated Press. “Our garage door has already come off. … Once we come out of it with our lives, we’re happy.”

On Sunday, Dorian churned over Abaco Island with battering winds and surf and heavy flooding.

Parliament member Darren Henfield described the damage as “catastrophic” and said officials did not have information on what happened on nearby cays. “We are in search-and-recovery mode. … Continue to pray for us.”

A spokesman for Bahamas Power and Light told ZNS that there was a blackout in New Providence, the archipelago’s most populous island. He said the company’s office in Abaco island was flattened.

“The reports out of Abaco as everyone knows,” spokesman Quincy Parker said, pausing for a deep sigh, “were not good.”

Most people went to shelters as the storm neared. Tourist hotels shut down, and residents boarded up their homes. Many people were expected to be left homeless.

On Sunday, Dorian’s maximum sustained winds reached 185 mph (297 kph), with gusts up to 220 mph (354 kph), tying the record for the most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever to make landfall. That equaled the Labor Day hurricane of 1935, before storms were named. The only recorded storm that was more powerful was Hurricane Allen in 1980, with 190 mph (305 kph) winds, though it did not make landfall at that strength.

Parliament member Darren Henfield described the damage as “catastrophic” and said officials did not have information on what happened on nearby cays. “We are in search-and-recovery mode. … Continue to pray for us.”

A spokesman for Bahamas Power and Light told ZNS that there was a blackout in New Providence, the archipelago’s most populous island. He said the company’s office in Abaco island was flattened.

“The reports out of Abaco as everyone knows,” spokesman Quincy Parker said, pausing for a deep sigh, “were not good.”

Most people went to shelters as the storm neared. Tourist hotels shut down, and residents boarded up their homes. Many people were expected to be left homeless.

On Sunday, Dorian’s maximum sustained winds reached 185 mph (297 kph), with gusts up to 220 mph (354 kph), tying the record for the most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever to make landfall. That equaled the Labor Day hurricane of 1935, before storms were named. The only recorded storm that was more powerful was Hurricane Allen in 1980, with 190 mph (305 kph) winds, though it did not make landfall at that strength.

The Bahamas archipelago is no stranger to hurricanes. Homes are required to have metal reinforcements for roof beams to withstand winds into the upper limits of a Category 4 hurricane, and compliance is generally tight for those who can afford it. Risks are higher in poorer neighborhoods that have wooden homes in low-lying areas.

Dorian was likely to begin pulling away from the Bahamas early Tuesday and curving to the northeast parallel to the southeastern coast of the U.S. The system is expected to spin 40 to 50 miles (64 to 80 kilometers) off Florida, with hurricane-force wind speeds extending about 35 miles (56 kilometers) to the west.

An advisory from the hurricane center warned that Florida’s east-central coast could see a brief tornado sometime Monday afternoon or evening.

A mandatory evacuation of entire South Carolina coast took effect Monday covering about 830,000 people.

Transportation officials reversed all lanes of Interstate 26 from Charleston to head inland earlier than planned after noticing traffic jams from evacuees and vacationers heading home on Labor Day, Gov. Henry McMaster said.

“We can’t make everybody happy, but we believe we can keep everyone alive,” the governor said.

A few hours later, Georgia’s governor, Brian Kemp, ordered mandatory evacuations for that state’s Atlantic coast, also starting at midday Monday.

Authorities in Florida ordered mandatory evacuations in some vulnerable coastal areas. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned his state that it could see heavy rain, winds and floods later in the week.

A hurricane watch was in effect for Florida’s East Coast from Deerfield Beach north to South Santee River in South Carolina. A storm surge watch was extended northward to South Santee River in South Carolina. Lake Okeechobee was under a tropical storm watch.

A National Guard official, John Anderson, said many people were complying with the evacuation orders.

“We have not seen much resistance at all,” he said in a phone call with reporters. People do understand that Dorian is nothing to mess around with.”

https://apnews.com/02c093eb6ce24d24a959e6d87088590a

Dorian strikes Bahamas with record fury as Category 5 storm

Hurricane Dorian struck the northern Bahamas as a catastrophic Category 5 storm Sunday, its record 297 kph winds ripping off roofs, overturning cars and tearing down power lines as hundreds hunkered down in schools, churches and shelters.

Dorian slammed into Elbow Cay in Abaco island at 12:40pm, and then made a second landfall near Marsh Harbour at 2 pm, after authorities made last-minute pleas for those in low-lying areas to evacuate.

“It’s devastating,” Joy Jibrilu, director general of the Bahamas’ Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, said. “There has been huge damage to property and infrastructure. Luckily, no loss of life reported.”

The hurricane was approaching the eastern end of Grand Bahama island in the evening, forecasters said.

With its maximum sustained winds of 297 kph and gusts up to 354 kph, Dorian tied the record for the most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever to come ashore, equalling the Labor Day hurricane of 1935, before the storms were named.

There were indications that the slow-moving Dorian would veer sharply northeastward after passing the Bahamas and track up the US Southeast seaboard.

But authorities warned that even if its core did not make US landfall, the potent storm would likely hammer the coast with powerful winds and heavy surf.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster ordered a mandatory evacuation of the entire coast of the state amid Dorian’s threat.

The order, which covers about 830,000 people, goes into effect at noon Monday, when state troopers will begin reversing lanes so they all head inland on major coastal highways.

“We can’t make everybody happy,” McMaster said. “But we believe we can keep everyone alive.”Georgia’s governor, Brian Kemp, later ordered mandatory evacuations of that state’s Atlantic coast, also starting at midday Monday.

Authorities in Florida also ordered mandatory evacuations in some vulnerable coastal areas.

More than 600 Labor Day flights in the US had been cancelled as of Sunday afternoon, many of them in Florida as Dorian barrelled toward the state’s coast.

The only recorded storm that was more powerful was Hurricane Allen in 1980, with 305 kph winds. That storm did not make landfall at that strength.

“Catastrophic conditions” were reported in Abaco, with a storm surge of 5.5-7 metres, and Dorian was expected to cross Grand Bahama later in the day “with all its fury,” the centre said. The hurricane was moving to the west at 7 kph.In the northern stretches of the archipelago, hotels closed, residents boarded up homes and officials hired boats to move people to bigger islands.

Video that Jibrilu and government spokesman Kevin Harris said was sent by Abaco residents showed homes missing parts of their roofs, downed power lines and smashed and overturned cars. One showed floodwaters rushing through the streets of an unidentified town at nearly the height of a car roof.

In some parts of Abaco, “you cannot tell the difference as to the beginning of the street versus where the ocean begins,” Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said.

According to the Nassau Guardian, he called it “probably the most sad and worst day of my life to address the Bahamian people.”

Earlier, Minnis had warned that anyone who did not evacuate was “in extreme danger and can expect a catastrophic consequence.”

The government opened 14 shelters across the Bahamas. Dozens ignored evacuation orders, officials said.

“The end could be fatal,” said Samuel Butler, assistant police commissioner. “We ask you, we beg you, we plead with you to get to a place of safety.”

Bahamas radio station ZNS Bahamas reported a mother and child in Grand Bahama called to say they were sheltering in a closet and seeking help from police.

Silbert Mills, owner of the Bahamas Christian Network, said trees and power lines were torn down in Abaco.

“The winds are howling like we’ve never, ever experienced before,” said Mills, 59, who planned to ride out the hurricane with his family in the concrete home he built 41 years ago in central Abaco.

Earlier Saturday, skiffs shuttled between outlying fishing villages and McLean’s Town, a settlement of a few dozen homes at the eastern end of Grand Bahama island, about 240 kilometres from Florida’s Atlantic coast. Most came from Sweetings Cay.

“They said evacuate, you have to evacuate,” Margaret Bassett, a ferry boat driver for the Deep Water Cay resort, said.

But Jack Pittard, a 76-year-old American who has visited the Bahamas for 40 years, decided to ride out the storm — his first hurricane — in Abaco.

He said he battened down his house to spend the storm in a nearby duplex. He noted the ocean is quite deep near where he was staying, and there is a cay that provides protection.

A short video from Pittard about 2:30 p.m. showed winds shaking his home and ripping off its siding.

Over two or three days, the hurricane could dump as much as 4 feet (1 meter) of rain, in addition to the winds and storm surge, said private meteorologist Ryan Maue.

Harris, the government spokesman, said Dorian could affect 73,000 residents and 21,000 homes. Authorities closed airports for Abaco, Grand Bahama and Bimini, but Lynden Pindling International Airport in the capital of Nassau stayed open.

The archipelago is no stranger to hurricanes. Homes are required to have metal reinforcements for roof beams to withstand winds into the upper limits of a Category 4 hurricane, and compliance is generally tight for those who can afford it. Risks are higher in poorer neighbourhoods, with wooden homes in low-lying areas.

After the Bahamas, the slow-crawling storm was forecast to turn sharply and skirt toward the US coast, staying just off Florida and Georgia on Tuesday and Wednesday and then buffeting South Carolina and North Carolina on Thursday.

The National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane watch for Florida’s East Coast from Deerfield Beach north to the Volusia and Brevard county line. The same area was put under a storm surge watch. Lake Okeechobee was under a tropical storm watch.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis warned the state’s densely populated Atlantic coast: “We’re not out of the woods yet.

“He suspended tolls on the Florida Turnpike and other roads, including Alligator Alley, from Fort Lauderdale to Naples, to keep traffic flowing for evacuees.DeSantis noted some forecast models still bring Dorian close to or even onto the Florida peninsula.”That could produce life-threatening storm surge and hurricane force winds,” DeSantis said.

“That cone of uncertainty still includes a lot of areas on the east coast of Florida and even into central and north Florida, so we are staying prepared and remaining vigilant.

“Mandatory evacuation orders for low-lying and flood-prone areas and mobile homes were in effect starting either Sunday or Monday from Palm Beach County north to at least the Daytona Beach area, and some counties to the north issued voluntary evacuation notices. Weekend traffic was light in Florida despite those orders, unlike during the chaotic run-up to Hurricane Irma in 2017 when the unusually broad storm menaced the entire state.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Dorian is forecast to be 64 to 80 kilometres off the Florida with hurricane-force wind speeds extending about 56 kilometres to the west.

National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham urged residents not to bet on safety just because the specific forecast track has the storm just a bit offshore.

Don’t focus on the track, he said, but the larger cone of possibility that includes landfall.Complicating matters is that with every new forecast, “we keep nudging (Dorian’s track) a little bit to the left” which is closer to the Florida coast, Graham said.

Dorian is a powerful but small storm with hurricane force winds Sunday only extending 29 miles to the west, but they are expected to grow a bit. That makes forecasting its path delicate and difficult.

President Donald Trump already declared a state of emergency and was briefed about what he called a “monstrous” storm.

“We don’t know where it’s going to hit but we have an idea, probably a little bit different than the original course,” Trump said. “But it can change its course again and it can go back more toward Florida.”

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said the state could see heavy rain, winds and floods.

The hurricane upended some Labor Day holiday weekend plans in the US: Major airlines allowed travellers to change reservations without fees, big cruise lines rerouted their ships and Cumberland Island National Seashore off Georgia closed to visitors. Disney World and Orlando’s other resorts held off announcing any closings.

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At Least 600 US Flights Cancelled for Monday As Dorian Approaches Florida – Report

At least 600 domestic and international flights in the United States scheduled for Monday have been canceled, CNN reported:

At least 119 Monday flights have been canceled at Orlando International Airport; Another 99 have been canceled at Fort Lauderdale International; At least 52 flights at Palm Beach International.

https://sputniknews.com/us/201909011076699883-live-updates-after-hitting-bahamas-catastrophic-hurricane-dorian-bearing-down-on-florida/#article_item_1076700806

‘Catastrophic conditions’ as Dorian hits northwest Bahamas

Monster storm Dorian unleashed “catastrophic conditions” as it hit the northwestern Bahamas Sunday, becoming the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the region, US forecasters said.

“Catastrophic hurricane conditions are occurring in the Abacos Islands and will spread across Grand Bahama Island later today and tonight,” the National Hurricane Center wrote in its latest bulletin at 3pm (GMT).

Packing maximum sustained winds of 180 miles per hour (285 kph), the NHC said Dorian was now “the strongest hurricane in modern records for the northwestern Bahamas.”

Dorian’s eye has reached 20 miles from the Abaco islands, and the hurricane’s core was expected to move directly over Great Abaco, and possibly Grand Bahama Island later Sunday and Monday, the NHC said.

It would then head for Miami but it was unclear if it would skim the coast and head North, or move inland.

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/catastrophic-conditions-as-dorian-hits-northwest-bahamas.732469

Trump dug at progressive actress Debra Messing between tweets on the Odessa shooting and Hurricane Dorian

President Donald Trump shared an anecdote about “Will & Grace” star Debra Messing on Twitter that he used to illustrate how “times have changed” for him and the actress, who is vocally anti-Trump.

On Saturday, Messing posted two tweets that “Fox & Friends” anchors discussed on-air Sunday morning, during a segment that the president has repeatedly quoted from in his tweets hours or even minutes later.

Messing tweeted “THANK YOU #Alabama,” in response to an article about a Baptist church sign in Birmingham that read “A black vote for Trump is mental illness” on one side and “A white vote for Trump is pure racism” on the other. She also quote-tweeted a Hollywood Reporter article about an upcoming Trump fundraiser in Beverly Hills during the week of the Emmys and asked for a name of attendees to be published.

“Many in our country have been infected with ‘Trump derangement syndrome,'” a “Fox & Friends” anchor said, before describing Messing’s tweet and suggesting that she and her “Will & Grace” co-star Eric McCormack, who also tweeted about the Hollywood Reporter article, couldn’t handle “diversity of thought.”

“I have not forgotten that when it was announced that I was going to do The Apprentice, and when it then became a big hit, helping NBC’s failed lineup greatly, @DebraMessing came up to me at an Upfront & profusely thanked me, even calling me ‘Sir.’ How times have changed!” Trump wrote.

In 2004, the president’s reality TV series “The Apprentice” premiered on NBC, which also aired both the original run of “Will & Grace,” which was still on air at the time, and the reboot, which is currently airing. An “Upfront” is a gathering of TV network stars, advertisers, and executives at the start of an advertising sales period, usually to present whatever slate of shows and content will be airing on the network.

https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-tweet-debra-messing-the-apprentice-sir-nbc-failed-lineup-2019-9

Dorian Strengthens to Category 5 Storm, the Bahamas on Alert

Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis begged residents of Abaco and Grand Bahamas to head for the main island to escape the “devastating, dangerous” storm.

Hurricane Dorian intensified into a dangerous category 5 storm as it approached the Bahamas Sunday, expected to pound the islands with up to two days of torrential rain, high waves, and damaging winds before aiming for the U.S. mainland.

Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis begged residents of Abaco and Grand Bahamas to head for the main island to escape the “devastating, dangerous” storm.

“I want you to remember: homes, houses, structures can be replaced. Lives cannot be replaced,” he told a news conference Saturday, adding that 73,000 people and 21,000 homes were at risk to storm surges, which are predicted to reach up to 20 feet (6.1 meters).

The Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Dorian had maximum sustained winds of 160 miles per hour (260 km per hour) early Sunday and was about 35 miles (55 km) east of Abaco.

After churning over the Bahamas, it is expected to veer northwest toward Florida, with the NHC raising its alert Sunday for parts of the state’s east coast to a tropical storm warning.

While not expected to strike Florida, the NHC said, “a Florida landfall is still a distinct possibility.”

Communities further north in Georgia and South Carolina raised alert levels Saturday, with residents filling sandbags as authorities tested infrastructure and hurricane drills. 

Despite Dorian appearing to spare the United States a direct impact, the NHC warned the Category 5 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale would lash millions from Florida to the Carolinas with strong winds and punishing surf.

Most tourists who planned to leave the Bahamas got out before the main airport closed Friday night.

Jeffrey Simmons, the deputy director of Bahamas’ department of meteorology, said Dorian will cause prolonged periods of large swells and storm surges along the north coast of Grand Bahama and the north and east coast of Abaco.

Potential damage to the Bahamas from Dorian could be exacerbated by the fact that its westward motion is forecast to slow, keeping it over the islands for longer, the Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency said in a statement.

Grand Bahama and Abaco are hubs of the Bahamas’ thriving tourism industry. But after days of evacuations only 26 tourists are left on Grand Bahama, authorities said Saturday.

“We have been for the last few days asking all tourists to leave the island in anticipation of the hurricane,” said Kwasi Thompson, minister of state for Grand Bahama.

Meanwhile, a new tropical storm has formed southwest of Mexico and is expected to become a hurricane Monday. Tropical Storm Juliette is 455 miles (735 km) from Manzanillo, Mexico, with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (75 kph), the NHC said Sunday.

https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Dorian-Strengthens-to-Category-5-Storm-the-Bahamas-on-Alert-20190901-0002.html

Hurricane Dorian a Catastrophic Category 5 Storm. And It’s Getting Stronger.

Hurricane Dorian is now a “catastrophic Category 5” storm as it approaches the Bahamas in the Caribbean, according to a National Hurricane Center update today (Sept. 1).

As of 8 a.m. EDT (1200 GMT), Dorian has maximum wind speeds of 160 mph (260 km/h) as the storm churns about 35 miles (55 km) east of Great Abaco Island, the NHC wrote in the update. The storm is about 225 miles (360 km) east of West Palm Beach, Florida.

“Devastating hurricane conditions are expected in the Abacos Islands very soon and these conditions will spread across Grand Bahama Island later today,” NASA officials said in an update.

Hurricane Dorian is currently moving west across the Caribbean at about 8 mph (13 km/h), a relatively slow speed that is expected to dump massive amounts of rain on the Abaco Islands. Dorian is expected to slowly move west over the next two days before turning northeast. 

“On this track, the core of extremely dangerous Hurricane Dorian should be moving over Great Abaco soon, and continue near or over Grand Bahama Island later tonight and Monday,” NHC officials said in the update. “The hurricane should move closer to the Florida east coast late Monday through Tuesday night.”

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, in Cape Canaveral, Florida, has taken steps to safeguard itself against Hurricane Dorian. On Friday (Aug. 30), center officials moved a massive 400-foot Mobile Launcher tower into the shelter of the center’s 52-story Vehicle Assembly Building to protect it from damage. 

NASA, the NHC and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are using satellites in orbit and U.S. Air Force flights through the eye of Hurricane Dorian itself to track the storm’s progress. They’ve even captured videos of the storm from the International Space Station.

“The NHC has reported that hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles (45 km) from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km),” NASA officials wrote in its update. “Elbow Cay in the Abaco Islands just reported winds of 35 mph (56 km/h).” 

NHC officials warned that Hurricane Dorian’s path could change. The storm’s eye is currently forecast to remain offshore as the storm moves up the U.S. East Coast from Florida to Georgia, and then on to the Carolinas. Dorian’s powerful winds should reach the eastern portions of those states. 

https://www.livescience.com/hurricane-dorian-strengthens-category-5-storm.html