Dorian's maximum sustained wind speed has broken the record for the strongest hurricane in the Atlantic ever. After landing in the Bahamas, the hurricane rose to 220 miles an hour. The Miami National Hurricane Center said Dorian made two landfalls in the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas.
Meanwhile, Florida issued its first evacuation orders in parts of Palm Beach and Martin County, and 12 counties in North Carolina and Georgia declared a state of emergency. Because of the serious situation, President Trump cancelled his trip to Warsaw on September 1, focusing on the preparations for the storm.
Trump said in a meeting with officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): "It just strengthened there and moved very slowly, which is not a good thing. The slower it moves, the bigger it gets.
Kevin McAleenan, Minister for National Security, said the hurricane could hit Florida, with prolonged rains and storm surges. "As the storm moves northward, it's likely to head straight to the coast of Florida and then to Georgia and South Carolina, it's going to be very difficult," he said.
The Florida National Army says about 2,000 servicemen have been mobilized and another 2,000 are ready to join. Trump has declared a federal emergency in Florida, authorizing federal support for Florida's windbreak program.
Following Florida, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency on August 31. "Given the intensity and unpredictability of the storm, we have to be prepared for every possible scenario," he said. Neighbouring North Carolina also declared a state of emergency, while Georgia declared a state of emergency in 12 counties.
The Coast Guard said large merchant ships should plan to leave the southern port of Florida for Savannah, Georgia, and advised yachts to find a safe port. Orlando International Airport took protective measures to stop commercial flights from taking off and landing at 2 a.m. local time on the 2nd. NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida said it had moved a huge mobile rocket launcher indoors to avoid damage.