The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center is now forecasting that Hurricane Dorian will inch up the Florida coast over the next few days, reaching Georgia on Thursday (Sept. 5) and North Carolina on Friday (Sept. 6).
Though the hurricane is not expected to make landfall on Florida's coast, it will get awfully close and there's always a chance some atmospheric nudge could pull the extremely risky core onto land there, Live Science previously reported.
As Dorian ground to a standstill, pounding Grand Bahama further to the west of the island chain, the Bahamas tourism and aviation ministry announced the start of rescue operations "in parts where it is safe".
"We simply can not get to you", he told Bahamas radio station ZNS. Can someone please assist us or send some help. Allen in 1980 was the most powerful, with 190-mile (306-kph) winds, the NHC said.
Many took to Twitter to react to the massive power of the hurricane. Other reports involved a group of eight children and five adults stranded on a highway and two storm shelters that flooded.
"In this case, I don't have to come into a house full of junk", he said. "They said we were in a state of emergency so I came", she said.
"My dad is staying with the cats, but we left".
Sands said the main hospital in Marsh Harbor in the Abaco islands was intact and sheltering 400 people but in need of food, water, medicine and surgical supplies. According to the New York Times, the hurricane pounded the island with maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour, wreaking havoc and leaving several people stranded and homeless.
The storm is forecast to resume moving westward overnight.
"Although gradual weakening is forecast, Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during the next couple of days", the NHC said in an earlier bulletin.
While these astronauts with their cameras 250 miles (408 km) above the storm have been able to capture some incredible imagery, satellites in orbit around the Earth offer another useful vantage point.
Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley said that Bridgetown is prepared to urgently assist Nassau while expressing her deep sadness at the "tremendous devastation and suffering on the Bahamian people that has been unleashed by Dorian". "My best friend's husband is stuck in the roof of their house with seven feet (two meters) water below".
As many as 13,000 homes in the Bahamas may have been destroyed or severely damaged, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said. "The impact of hurricanes Joaquin, Matthew and Irma on the Bahamas has been reported to have cost approximately $820 million", he said.
Water levels in the Abacos, swamped by a similar surge Sunday, were expected to slowly subside.
The 8 a.m. forecast has Dorian moving very close to the Georgia and SC coasts tomorrow night and Thursday (Sept. 5) and then near or over the coast of North Carolina late Thursday.
A man crosses the street during a pouring rain in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Monday.
Evacuations ordered in Florida included 14,000 people in St. Augustine. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned his state that it could see heavy rain, winds and floods later in the week.
"If you're in an evacuation zone, get out NOW". We can rebuild your home. "We are hoping and praying that the loss of life is limited".
In southern Florida's Port Saint Lucie - a low-income area where mobile home parks stood all-but emptied of their residents - Dan Peatle, 78, fled his retirement community to take shelter in a hotel.
"It makes me sick". The images gave a close look at the storm's eye. And, they're all the same, you know.