Hurricane Dorian Crawls Up the Southeast Coast

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Hurricane Dorian moving up the coast.
The latest projected path for Hurricane Dorian. National Hurricane Center

Hurricane Dorian, which made landfall on the Bahamas over Labor Day weekend, is now a Category 2 hurricane. It hovered over Grand Bahama Island for two day and is now moving north along the Florida coast.

The storm's shifting path has put more coastal residents on alert. Forecasters are predicting the storm will continue to follow the Southeast coast, impacting parts of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

The Bahamas saw significant damage, and seven deaths on the Abaco Islands have been attributed to the storm. Dorian reached the Bahamas as a Category 5 hurricane, reaching top speeds over 200 mph on Sunday.

As of now, Dorian has sustained winds of 105 mph.

Even as the storm's projected path shifts, the National Hurricane Center (NHS) warns that life-threatening storm surge is expected along the coasts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

Florida declared a state-wide emergency last week. Other states along the coast followed as the storm's path shifted. This matters because it allows additional federal and state resources to be used in preparation for and in response to the storm.

The video below comes from inside Michael Pintard's home in the Bahamas as rising waters reach the windows of his house.

Mandatory evacuation orders have been in place for many counties along the coast of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. Highway shoulders and reverse lanes have been opened to help the flow of traffic.

The University of Florida, and many other universities and schools in the storm's path, have cancelled classes and closed their campuses.

The United States is providing humanitarian assistance to the Bahamas, including the deployment of the Disaster Assistance Response team, according to the State Department.

Hurricane Dorian from space.
NASA astronaut Nick Hague took this photo of Hurricane Dorian's eye from the International Space Station. Nick Hague/NASA