Hurricane Dorian is now Category 5

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Hurricane Dorian, which has grown in intensity and is now in Category 5, the largest on the Saffir-Simpson scale of tropical cyclone intensity, is expected to hit the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas Archipelago.

The tropical cyclone, which generates wind gusts of 260 km / h and heavy rainfall, could cause considerable damage and threaten people’s lives, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned.

Cyclone’s eye is at noon about 360 miles east of Palm Beach, Florida. Dorian is likely to arrive on Florida’s east coast Monday, before arriving downtown Tuesday. The storm could affect heavily populated centers as well as major tourist destinations in Florida.

Category 5, the largest, was the one that was classified, among others, by Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in 2005.

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