As of 11 p.m. ET Thursday, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 105 mph, placing it just short of being a Category 3 hurricane, the National Hurricane Center reported.
Dorian was expected to remain a major hurricane through Friday and hit Florida's east coast by Monday night, according to the Associated Press.
As of late Thursday, the hurricane was about 295 miles east-northeast of the southeastern Bahamas.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates. The Associated Pres contributed to this story.