Hurricane Dorian became the strongest storm in modern records to hit the northwestern Bahamas and is expected to pound the islands with up to two days of torrential rain, high waves and damaging winds as parts of Florida evacuated before it took aim at the U.S. mainland.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Dorian was over Abaco as a Category 5 storm on Sunday with maximum sustained winds of 285 km per hour and gusts of more than 322 kph.
After churning over the Bahamas, Dorian is expected to veer northwest toward Florida.
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