The National Hurricane Center looks at Hurricane Dorian's Florida rain bands | USA TODAY

National Hurricane Center director Ken Graham provides an update on Hurricane Dorian.


Hurricane Dorian blasted across the Bahamas in a record-setting way on Sunday, tying an 84-year-old record for the most powerful Atlantic hurricane to come ashore as it continued its unrelenting march toward the U.S. East Coast. The National Hurricane Center said the storm was driving sustained winds of 185 mph, with gusts exceeding 220 mph. Dorian’s slow crawl, estimated at about 5 mph on Sunday afternoon, placed it within 175 miles of West Palm Beach, Florida. Millions of people from South Florida to North Carolina were on alert and preparing for the worst. Even if Dorian does not make landfall in Florida, the effects will be felt beginning around Monday evening when Florida’s Melbourne and Palm Bay areas can expect tropical storm winds, said Ed Rappaport, deputy director at the National Hurricane Center.

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