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An aerial view of devastation after hurricane Dorian hit the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas, September 3, 2019. Image Credit: Reuters

Nassau, Bahamas: At least seven people have been killed in the Bahamas by Hurricane Dorian, Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said Tuesday, after the storm delivered a devastating blow to the islands.

Minnis said an additional two individuals had died, saying "that would take the number of deaths to seven."

"We can expect more deaths to be recorded," he added.

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As of Wednesday, Dorian has been downgraded to a Category 2 hurricane, with its center of Dorian is now moving north/north-west parallel to the northeastern coast of Florida. The storm is expect to continue bringing the threat of dangerous winds, storm surge, and heavy rainfall.

The US National Hurricane Center's update at 11am EDT (7pm in the UAE) on Wednesday warns of life-threatening storm surge and dangerous winds expected along portions of the Florida east costs, as well as the costs of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina — regardless of the exact track of Dorian's center.

Water levels could rise well in advance of the arrival of strong winds too. Residents in these areas were advised to follow instructions given by local emergency officials.

The destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas has prompted several celebrities to step up and offer their support. José Andrés, the celebrity chef who launched an operation to feed people after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, said he's in the Bahamas preparing to do the same in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. "We are making 10,000 sandwiches as we speak," he said.