Hurricane Dorian strengthens into ‘catastrophic’ Category 5 storm

Hurricane Dorian on Sunday strengthened into a Category 5 storm packing 160 mph winds as it tears through the northern Bahamas and threatens the eastern coast of the United States, the National Hurricane Center announced.

“The eyewall of this catastrophic hurricane is about to hit the Abaco Islands with devastating winds,” the center said in a tweet.

Dorian is heading west through the warm Caribbean waters and is expected to lash Florida with destructive winds, torrential rain and a life-threatening storm surge in the coming days.

The hurricane center has also issued a warning for Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina to remain alert as Dorian is expected to bring heavy rain and the possibility of flash floods.

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