As Dorian moves closer to the Florida coast this weekend, the track is expected to pass over the Northwest Bahamas early Saturday, where hurricane watches are in effect for Nassau and New Providence island, Eleuthera, Abaco, Grand Bahama, North Andros, Bimini and the Berry Islands.

Heavy rainfalls, high winds, flash floods and sea swells are expected.

Hotels, resorts and tourism businesses have activated their hurricane response programs.

"We are liaising with our partners throughout the destination to gather updates and insure preparedness for Hurricane Dorian, including the National Emergency Management Agency, the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association, the Nassau Airport Development Co., the Port Authority and other relevant authorities," said Joy Jibrilu, director general of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation.

Lynden Pindling Airport in Nassau remains open on Friday, but representatives are monitoring reports from the National Hurricane Center regarding the projected path of Dorian.

Grand Bahama Airport will close at 10 p.m. on Friday and will not reopen until 6 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, subject to prevailing conditions.

Grand Bahama Island hotels and timeshares have advised guests to depart before the storm's arrival.

Bahamas Ferries canceled all weekend operations and sailings on Friday until further notice.

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line's Grand Celebration is sailing at 2 p.m. Friday and will accommodate any passengers who booked on sailings on Saturday and Sunday.

Grand Bahama Island's Freeport Harbour will close at 2 p.m. Friday.

Nassau ports are open and operating at a normal schedule.

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