Florida, Georgia, Carolinas brace for category 5 Hurricane Dorian [video]

Officials declare states of emergencies in eastern coast states as they brace for Category 5 Hurricane Dorian.

The National Hurricane Center has called it “a life-threatening situation.” Dorian, it said, is “the strongest hurricane in modern records for the Northwestern Bahamas” and that “catastrophic conditions [are] occurring in the Abacos Islands.”

The International Space Station filmed Dorian from outer space:

It is poised to hit Florida before moving up the eastern seaboard from Florida to North Carolina, including Georgia, South Carolina and Southeast Virginia.

A Hurricane Watch has been issued for the east coast of Florida from north of Deerfield Beach to the Volusia/Brevard County Line, the center said. A Storm Surge Watch is in effect from north of Deerfield Beach to the Volusia/Brevard County Line. A Tropical Storm Watch is in place for Lake Okeechobee.

“Dorian is a extremely dangerous category 5 hurricane … ” the hurricane center said. “Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during the next few days. Dorian has grown larger in size. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km).”

The storms trajectory could hit Florida, then turn north and bombard a number of coastal states, weather forecasters predict.

The Coastal Carolinas are expected to receive 5-10 inches of rainfall by the end of the week, and in some places up to 15 inches, and life-threatening flash floods.

To prepare for hurricane evacuation the National Weather Service has information on its website:

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