At least 5 dead in the Bahamas as Category 4 Dorian pounds islands

The storm has already claimed at least five lives as it moved across the Bahamas and then essentially stopped.??

ATLANTA — Hurricane Dorian remains a dangerous Category 4 storm with winds of 130 mph and gusts of 165 mph.

The storm has already claimed at least five lives as it moved across the Bahamas and then essentially stopped.

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Video and photos from the islands shows utter devastation. Officials said the five people were all killed on the Abaco Islands in the northern Bahamas.

News outlets in the Bahamas are reporting that a 7-year-old boy is the first reported death caused by the hurricane. CNN reports the boy’s grandmother, Ingrid McIntosh, told Eyewitness News in the Bahamas that her grandson died on Abaco Island.

A Hurricane Watch has been issued for the entire Georgia coast as Dorian remains an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm.

We're tracking when the dangerous storm is expected to impact Georgia, on Channel 2 Action News This Morning starting at 4:30 a.m.

As of late Monday night, the storm had barely moved.

"We expect that movement to begin to take place overnight or more likely early Tuesday morning toward the northwest," said Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brad Nitz.

Dorian has only moved about 40 miles over the last 24 hours or so, leaving a path of devastation across the Bahamas.

Severe Weather Team 2 is expecting major impacts along the coasts of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas that include 3- to 6-foot storm surge and at least tropical storm force winds.

The storm is expected to start moving toward the northwest by early Tuesday morning and start moving parallel to the eastern coast of the Florida peninsula.

By about 2 a.m. Wednesday, the storm is expected to be off the coast near Dayton Beach, weakening to a Category 3 storms.

On Wednesday afternoon, the storm will start moving northeast and is expected to be off the coast of Jacksonville by about 2 p.m.

"This is the time we're going to see very strong on shore winds, the outer rain bands starting to move their way into  the Georgia coast," Nitz said.

Nitz said storm surge will become an issue along the Georgia coast Wednesday night.

"We're talking significant storm surge here," Nitz said. "Generally speaking, 3- to 6-feet. But some spots could see more than that."

By Thursday Dorian will move away from the Georgia coast and start its turn out to sea.

Watches and Warnings

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for:

  • Lantana to the Volusia/Brevard County Line


A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for:

  • North of Deerfield Beach to south of Lantana
  • Volusia/Brevard County Line to the Mouth of the St. Mary's River
  • The Florida/Georgia border to the Savannah River


A Hurricane Warning is in effect for:

  • Grand Bahama and the Abacos Islands in the northwestern Bahamas
  • Jupiter Inlet to the Volusia/Brevard County Line


A Hurricane Watch is in effect for:

  • North of Deerfield Beach to Jupiter Inlet
  • Flagler/Volusia County Line to the Altamaha Sound in Georgia


A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:

  • North of Deerfield Beach to Jupiter Inlet


A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:

  • North of Golden Beach to Deerfield Beach:
  • Lake Okeechobee

Georgia Evacuations

On Sunday, Governor Brian Kemp announced evacuation orders for six Georgia coastal counties.

Starting noon Monday, "individuals east of I-95 in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty, and McIntosh Counties must evacuate due to Hurricane Dorian."