Hurricane Dorian stalled Monday over the Bahamas after pummeling the islands and weakening to a Category 4 storm, hovering off the coast of Florida where the National Hurricane Center said it would unnervingly remain for a while.
Bahamas officials confirmed at least 5 people died in the storm, but with intense flooding and winds still terrorizing the islands that toll is expected to rise. The U.S. Coast Guard began assisting with evacuation of the wounded from overwhelmed medical facilities.
As of late Monday, Dorian has edged down to a high Category 3 storm with sustained winds of 130 mph, about 100 miles east of West Palm Beach, Fla., and stationary.
A slow northwestward motion is expected to occur early Tuesday. A turn toward the north is forecast by late Tuesday, with a northeastward motion forecast to begin by Wednesday night. On this track, the core of extremely dangerous Hurricane Dorian will continue to pound Grand Bahama Island into Tuesday morning.
The hurricane will then move dangerously close to the Florida east coast late Tuesday through Wednesday evening, very near the Georgia and South Carolina coasts Wednesday night and Thursday, and near or over the North Carolina coast late Thursday and Friday.
Although gradual weakening is forecast, Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during the next couple of days.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 150 miles. Settlement Point Grand Bahama recently reported a sustained wind of 61 mph (98 km/h) with a gust to 82 mph (132 km/h), and Juno Beach Pier in northern Palm Beach County Florida recently reported a sustained wind of 44 mph (70 km/h) with a gust to 56 mph (91 km).