Hurricane Dorian may have been downgraded to a Category 2 storm but is still considered dangerous, officials said on Tuesday.
"The combined wind, surge, and floods hazards are the same or even worse since the hurricane has become larger," the National Hurricane Center said on Twitter.
Dorian's wind speed was 110 mph as of late Tuesday morning, moving northwest at about 2 mph, which was down from a Category 3 storm with wind speeds of 120 miles per hour earlier in the day.
Dorian was a Category 5 storm when it hovered over the Bahamas on Sunday, with sustained maximum winds of around 185 mph and gusts of 220 mph. The storm caused severe flooding in the Caribbean nation, which lead to the deaths of at least five people and caused billions in damages.
In an update at 11 a.m. Eastern on Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said dangerous winds and storm surge will continue to pound Grand Bahama Island for "several more hours."
It also said "life-threatening storm surge and dangerous winds" are expected along Florida's east coast, as well as up into Georgia and South Carolina, "regardless of the exact track of Dorian's center." Water levels could begin to rise "well in advance" of the hurricane-force winds, it warned.
Meantime, other storms are brewing in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, the National Hurricane Center reported.