When Doric barrels drove towards the island chain on Saturday, a hurricane warning was issued in areas in the northwestern Bahamas, according to a warning issued by the Bahamas Department of Meteorology on Friday.
Hurricane warnings apply to the Abacos, Berry Islands, Bimini, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama Island and New Providence in the Bahamas. A Hurricane Watch for Andros Island remains in effect.
The forecast assumes that Dorian will cause "large and destructive waves" on Sundays of up to 15 feet along the "eastern and northern coast of Eleuthera and Abaco" as well as the north and south coasts of Grand Bahama by Sunday night until Monday morning.
On Friday, Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis ordered the evacuation of residents of the northern Keys from Abaco to the mainland of Abaco. Additional evacuation orders were issued for areas on Grand Bahama Island.
Both Grand Bahama and Abaco are hubs of the tourism industry in the Bahamas, which plays an important role in the economy of the island chain.
According to Reuters, tourists left the islands on Friday before the international airport closed that evening.
Tourism Director-General Joy Jibrilu told Reuters that the land of Hurricane Matthew in 2016 was "still in turmoil", hitting the archipelago with strong Category 4 winds.