Hurricane Dorian downgraded to Category 4

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MIAMI — Weather forecasters have downgraded Hurricane Dorian to a Category 4 but are still calling it a very powerful and dangerous storm. Evacuations are underway in Florida.

The storm is crawling towards Florida at just 1 mph, continuing to deliver catastrophic damage to the Bahamas. As of 8 a.m. Monday, the eye of the storm is moving over Grand Bahama Island, which will be battered by catastrophic winds and storm surge throughout the day, according to the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

Dorian is approaching Florida’s east coast with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph. Life-threatening storm surges and dangerous hurricane-force winds are expected along Florida’s east coast through mid-week.

The hurricane made landfall on Elbow Cay as a Category 5 storm on Sunday, and was one of the most intense hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic Basin.

The eye of the storm made a second landfall at 2 p.m. on Great Abaco Island near Marsh Harbour with maximum sustained winds of 185 mph.

Since then, Dorian has been moving at a crawl, and has continued to deliver devastating blows on the Bahamas.

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