Allen in 1980 was the most powerful, with 306 kph winds, the NHC said. "Dorian will slow to a crawl and may not emerge from the Bahamas until sometime Tuesday when it begins to move more to the north".
The US authorities forecast more than 700 millimeters of rainfall for some areas through the weekend and storm surges of over 2 meters.
Dorian will hover Monday into early Tuesday before meandering slowly north, passing dangerously close to Florida and the U.S. Southeast coast. But as Live Science previously reported, Dorian lacks an "atmospheric steering wheel" at this point, and small changes to conditions could make a big difference over the course of the next day.
The airport originally had planned to stop commercial flights at 2 a.m. Monday for passenger safety and to give the airport's 25,000 workers enough time to secure their homes and be with their families.
The airport had 47.7 million passengers travel through it past year.
Forecasters say the storm is most likely going to move from the Bahamas Tuesday morning and will curve to the northeast, parallel the US seaboard. There is nothing to steer it right now, which is why it's just kind of sitting there over Grand Bahama Island.
It was about 125 miles (200 km) from the Florida coast, where residents said they were already experiencing strong winds and high surf.
Hurricane and storm-surge watches have been issued for Florida's east coast, from Deerfield Beach to the Brevard-Volusia County line, where the water could reach up to 7 feet, forecasters say.
St. Lucie County: Barrier islands and low-lying coastal areas and manufactured homes. Winds are still at Category 5 strength.
Hurricane force winds only go out about 45 miles from the storm's eye with the strongest winds remaining on the east side of the storm.
He said numerous residents had not heeded his warning to evacuate. The third landfall on the eastern end of Grand Bahama Island occurred late Sunday night.
The hurricane center forecasts further weakening at a slow pace, but the hurricane is expected to remain "powerful" over the next few days.
Women sit on cots inside a church now serving as a shelter for residents who will wait out Hurricane Dorian in Freeport on Grand Bahama, Bahamas, September 1, 2019.
Hurricane #Dorian continues to track south of due west during the overnight hours, leftward of the official forecast and increasing the chances of an eventual landfall in Florida.
Now a Category 5 storm, Hurricane Dorian is expected to shift to the north and northeast.
It will be a nail-biter for a number of USA cities, but just how close a shave Dorian becomes is still somewhat uncertain.
"Dorian is a sailboat in the middle of the ocean with no wind". Jupiter Inlet to the Volusia/Brevard County Line is also under a hurricane warning. Currently, experts predict 5 to 10 inches of rain in the two Carolinas, with isolated areas of 15 inches.
Even a glancing blow from one of the strongest storms ever to menace Florida could bring torrential rains and damaging winds, the NHC said.
The core of the storm is expected to be near or over parts of the northwestern Bahamas later Sunday.
Trump has declared a federal state of emergency in Florida, authorizing U.S. assistance to supplement state and local efforts.
Hurricane Dorian unleashed "catastrophic conditions" Sunday, as it hit the northern Bahamas, lashing the low-lying island chain with devastating 180 miles per hour (285 kph) winds, the most intense in its modern history.
There was little information from the affected islands, though officials expected many residents to be left homeless.
"People are battened down awaiting the storm; some are still getting last minute items".
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