Hurricane Dorian upgraded to a powerful Category 5 and became the strongest hurricane on modern record to hit the northwestern Bahamas, the National Hurricane Center said Sunday, Sept. 1.

According to National Hurricane Center, Dorian progressed from a Category 4 to a Category 5, calling the hurricane “catastrophic” with “devastating winds.” As Hurricane Dorian struck the Abaco Islands Sunday morning, the maximum sustained winds around the eye of the storm had reached 180 mph. Storm surges there could raise water levels 20-feet above normal.

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis warned Florida residents Saturday that the storm might endanger residents and Broward County issued a mandatory evacuation beginning Sunday.

President Donald Trump canceled his trip to Poland so he would be able to remain in the United States as the hurricane approached. The president sent a more personal message to residents of the Southeast: “Be careful” after retweeting a series of advisories from the National Hurricane Center and other accounts.

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said Sunday that the storm could remain just off the coast of the United States, but that it could still cause major problems with high wind speeds, a devastating storm surge, and a lot of rain.

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