UPDATE | Hurricane Dorian strengthens to Category 5

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Weather forecasters say Hurricane Dorian has intensified to a Category 5 storm, capable of inflicting catastrophic levels of destruction.   

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday that Dorian's maximum sustained winds have increased to 160 mph (260 kph), up from 150 mph (240 kph). It is moving west at 8 mph (13 kph) 

``Devastating hurricane conditions'' are expected in the Abacos Islands early Sunday, with conditions will spread across Grand Bahama Island later in the day, the centre said. 

In its advisory at 8 a.m. EDT, the centre says the storm's centre is 35 miles (55 kilometres) east of Great Abaco Island and 225 miles (360 kilometres) east of West Palm Beach.