Hurricane Dorian strengthened on Friday to become a “extremely dangerous” category 4 storm as it headed for the Bahamas and the US state of Florida, said National Hurricane Center in Miami.
The hurricane has maximum sustained winds near 130 miles per hour (215 kilometers per hour), the NHC said in an advisory.
The hurricane could wallop the state with even higher winds and torrential rains late Monday or early Tuesday, with millions of people in the crosshairs, along with Walt Disney World and President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.
The hurricane season typically peaks between mid-August and late October. One of the most powerful storms ever to hit the U.S. was on Labor Day 1935. The unnamed Category 5 hurricane crashed ashore along Florida’s Gulf Coast on Sept. 2. It was blamed for over 400 deaths.
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