Hurricane Dorian LIVE: Category 5 hurricane hits Bahamas with 185mph winds

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• Hurricane Dorian has made landfall in the Bahamas with staggering winds of 185mph
• The strength of hurricane Dorian now means it is the strongest hurricane on the planet in 2019, and has hit the northwestern Bahamas in modern records
• Florida governor Ron De Santis warns all 67 counties have had state emergency declared. Residents should know their hurricane plan
• US President warned the storm will likely impact the eastern seaboard from Florida to North Carolina

Hurricane Dorian has become the strongest storm in modern records to hit the northwestern Bahamas. The U.S National Hurricane Center said Dorian made landfall on Elbow Cay in the Abaco Islands as a Category 5 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 185mph. US President warned today the storm will likely impact the eastern seaboard from Florida to North Carolina. The NHC have warned this is a "life-threatening" situation. Below are the latest updates, all times in BST. 

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12:15am update: South Carolina issues mandatory evacuations

South Carolina’s governor Henry McCaster announced in a news conference that mandatory evacuations will go into effect starting Monday at noon.

The counties will be: Jasper County zone A, all of Beaufort County, all of Charleston County, Berkeley County zones B and G, Dorchester County zone D, Georgetown County zone A and Horry County zone A.

Mr McCaster added that schools and government offices will also be closed until further notice.

12am update: Water services have been disconnected in Grand Bahama

The Grand Bahama Utility Company has begun disconnecting its water service throughout the island in preparation for Hurricane Dorian.

READ MORE: Hurricane Dorian path map: Latest euro model, NOAA charts and GFS

hurricane-dorian-newsHurricane Dorian in Great Abaco Island, the Bahamas (Image: TWITTER)

hurricane-dorian-newsResidents in Florida have started making preparations for Hurricane Dorian (Image: GETTY)

11pm update: Jacksonville, Florida to order madatory evacuations starting Monday

A local state of emergency has been announced starting at midnight in the city of Jacksonville, Florida, according to CNN.

The mandatory evacuations have been put in place for zones A and B in the city.

All city and government offices and Duvall County schools will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.

City bridges will be closed when winds reach 40mph with shelters opening Monday at 10am. 

10pm update: NOAA's latest update says Dorian's fury now aiming towards Grand Bahama

NOAA's 5pm update has warned the eye of the hurricane is now crawling over the Abacos Islands in the Bahamas, before Grand Bahamas are then hit. 

Winds speeds are now around 180 miles per hour. 

9pm update: The UK foreign office issues advice to people travelling to USA

The UK Foreign Office has updated guidance for travelling to the USA. 

On their website, the Foreign Office said: "You should monitor the progress of approaching storms on the US National Hurricane Center website and follow instructions issued by the local authorities, including any evacuation orders.

"If you are due to be travelling to the affected areas in the next few days, you should contact your airline."

7.54pm update: Florida Governor suspends tolls on major highways 

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has ordered tolls be suspended on major highway, asking residents to "heed evacuation orders" from local officials.

The Florida Turnpike, Alligator Alley, Sawgrass Expressway, SR 528 Beachline Expressway, SR 417 and SR 429 will suspend tolls.

hurricane-dorian-jacksonville-floridaJacksonville, Florida will order mandatory evacuations starting at midnight (Image: GOOGLE MAPS)

7.11pm update: Dorian headed for Grand Bahama 'in all its fury', says 2pm NHC update

The eye of Hurricane Dorian is now tracking over Great Abaco Island and is 185 miles east of West Palm Beach in Florida, according to the NHC 2pm (EDT) public advisory.

The NHC predict Hurricane Dorian is heading towards Grand Bahama with maximum sustained winds of 185mph.

No changes have been made with this advisory for watches and warnings.


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