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Bahamas bracing for Hurricane Dorian, 150mph winds to hit islands

Christian Fernsby |
The Bahamas is bracing for category four Hurricane Dorian, which strengthened over the weekend.

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The "extremely dangerous" storm was expected to hit the island chain on Sunday, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said, before making landfall on the US east coast.

Dorian is packing 150mph winds, with conditions forecasted to deteriorate in the Bahamas over Abaco islands during the next few hours and in Grand Bahama later today, according to a 5 a.m. update by the National Hurricane Center.

It is expected to remain as a powerful hurricane in the coming days, in which "large swells will affect the east-facing shores of the Bahamas, the Florida east coast, and the southeastern United States coast," it added.

The storm surge could be as high as 15ft (4.6m), officials warned.

Authorities closed some airports in the outlying islands, but the main international airport remains open on Sunday.

The storm was on Sunday morning about 125 miles east of the Bahamas' Great Abaco Island, moving westward at 8mph (13km/h) with maximum sustained winds of nearly 145mph (225km/h).

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