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Florida residents fill sandbags, board up as Hurricane Dorian spins up to category 5

Reuters FLORIDA, UNITED STATES Sep 02, 2019, 01.25 PM (IST)

As Hurricane Dorian spun into one of the most powerful storms on record and slammed into the Bahamas, residents in northern Florida on Sunday filled up sandbags and boarded up in anticipation of heavy winds and flooding. With winds at 185 mph, Dorian ties with Gilbert (1988), Wilma (2005) and the 1935 Labor Day hurricane for the second strongest Atlantic hurricane on record based on maximum sustained winds. Allen in 1980 was the most powerful with 190-mph winds, the NHC said.