Hurricane Dorian, down downgraded to a category 3 storm, lingers over the Bahamas before heading toward Florida later Tuesday.
The formerly category 5 storm maintained winds at 120 miles per hour as of Tuesday morning as it remained nearly motionless about 35 miles north of Freeport and around 100 miles from West Palm Beach, Florida.
The hurricane remained lingering over Grand Bahama Island early Tuesday according to the National Hurricane Center, after plummeting the area and killing at least five people on the Abaco Islands in recent days.
Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis weighed in on the tragedy calling the loss of life “historic” while categorizing the hurricane and its effects as both “unprecedented and and extensive.”
The storm began battering the Bahamas as a category 5 hurricane while destroying reportedly 13,000 homes and unleashing historic flooding.
According to reports, some areas endured storm surges around 20 feet above normal at the height of the hurricane.
Evacuations have since been ordered for parts of the southeast, including Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.
According to experts, the hurricane is likely to begin affecting Florida Tuesday night through Wednesday night before it heads north up the Eastern Seaboard.
Floridians will not likely face as severe impacts as initially expected; however, the state is still going to endure heavy rainfall and gusty winds along the coast according to the National Weather Service.
Over 1,000 flights leaving and arriving the Sunshine State had been affected as of early Tuesday.