Bahamas set for monster hurricane Dorian

Miami: Hurricane Dorian roared Sun-day towards the Bahamas as the island chain braced for a devastating direct hit, before the monster storm churns up the US coast from Florida towards the Carolinas.

Barreling in from the Atlantic Ocean, the core of the extremely dangerous Category 4 storm is set to be “near or over” parts of the northwestern Bahamas on Sunday, the US National Hurricane Centre (NHC said in its latest bulletin.

Further ahead the NHC said Dorian would “move closer to the Florida east coast late Monday through Tuesday” but exactly where — and how hard — it will strike the US coast looked uncertain after the storm shifted course.

However, a tropical storm warning was in effect for parts of Flor-ida’s coast, according to the NHC’s latest bulletin.

In Grand Bahama, businesses were boarded up and thousands have evacuated Dorian’s predicted path with forecasts of devastating winds, life-threatening surf conditions, and storm surges of up to 15 to 20 feet.

Yasmin Rigby, a resident of Freeport, said “people are moving out of the east and west ends, fearing the worst.”