Hurricane Dorian has wind speeds of 180 mph, making it the strongest hurricane in modern records for the Northwestern Bahamas, the National Hurricane Center said in its 11 a.m. ET advisory.
The storm has gusts of up to 220 mph.
"Catastrophic conditions" are occurring in the Abacos Islands, the center said.
Additionally, a hurricane watch has been issued for the east coast of Florida from north of Deerfield Beach to the Volusia/Brevard County Line.
Here's the latest forecasted path for Dorian: