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Live Updates: Hurricane Dorian Weakens to Category 4, But Still 'Extremely Dangerous' - NHC

The day before, the US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) upgraded Hurricane Dorian to a Category 5 storm with estimated sustained winds reaching 165 mph.

The NHC expects the storm to move dangerously close to Florida's east coast starting tonight and continuing through Wednesday.

The hurricane has already been ravaging the Bahamas since Sunday, with netizens sharing pictures and videos of the destruction that it has wrought. Days before the storm hit the islands, Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis urged residents to evacuate to the main island.

Last Friday, US President Donald Trump issued an emergency declaration for Florida and "ordered federal assistance to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts". The president, however, has recently been caught making a controversial statement, saying he wasn't sure of ever having heard about a Category 5 hurricane.

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02:28 GMT 03.09.2019

US Vice President Mike Pence said that the United States was prepared to face the approaching category 4 Hurricane Dorian, which is due to hit the country's southeast on Tuesday.

"I know I speak for the president when I say how grateful we are for the expressions of concern... and the support and the prayers that we have received as #HurricaneDorian makes its way west. The United States is prepared. The President is where he needs to be," Pence said at a news conference.

00:00 GMT 03.09.2019

The US eastern state of Virginia has declared a state of emergency ahead of the approaching category 4 Hurricane Dorian, the state's governor, Ralph Northam, said.

"I've just declared a state of emergency in advance of Hurricane Dorian. Please stay alert as we continue to track this storm and its potential impact on Virginia," Northam tweeted late Monday night.

22:06 GMT 02.09.2019

The Orlando International Airport in the southeastern US state of Florida will close on Tuesday as the category 4 Hurricane Dorian approaches the state.

"Dorian's track forces ceasing of operations at [Orlando International Airport] on Tuesday, September 3," the airport tweeted.

The airport will close at 2:00 a.m. local time (06:00 GMT).

22:02 GMT 02.09.2019

According to the US National Hurricane Center, the hurricane currently has maximum sustained winds of 145 Mph (approx. 233 Kmh)

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Police Chief Samuel Butler has asked people to remain calm, share their GPS coordinates, and stay in touch. He also said that rescue crews may not be able to reach people until weather conditions improve.

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"Dorian is an extremely dangerous category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale," the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said in its latest bulletin at 1500 GMT.

"Although gradual weakening is forecast, Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during the next couple of days."

14:32 GMT 02.09.2019

"As many as 13,000 houses may have been severely damaged or destroyed. On the island of Abaco, extensive flooding is believed to have contaminated wells with saltwater, creating an urgent need for clean water," the statement said.

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According to UBS Group AG's estimates, hurricane Dorian will cause at least $25 billion in losses and may reach as much as $40 billion, depending on whether the hurricane hits the eastern coast of Florida.

11:59 GMT 02.09.2019

The authorities in Florida and both Carolinas will issue mandatory evacuation orders later on Monday with a total of a dozen counties across three states, including nine in Florida, to be evacuated.

10:58 GMT 02.09.2019

The Michigan Humane Society has evacuated 73 dogs and cats from Florida that might be hit by hurricane Dorian to Michigan where they will be able to find new owners.

10:23 GMT 02.09.2019

According to CNN's Spanish department, a seven-year-old boy has become the first victim of the raging hurricane after he drowned in the rising waters on the Abaco Islands.

“All I can say is that my daughter called from Abaco and said that her son, my grandson, is dead. That's. I don't know what really happened. I think she said she had drowned”, Ingrid McIntosh, the boy's grandmother said.

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