A hurricane warning is in effect for the northwestern Bahamas, according to a 5 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center.
A hurricane watch is in effect for Andros Island.
Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said at a press conference in Nassau that evacuation orders have been issued for multiple locations.
CNN has previously reported that the Minnis ordered emergency evacuations for residents from the northern Keys of Abaco to mainland Abaco.
Additional evacuation orders have been issued for parts of Grand Bahama island. Grand Bahama is divided into the districts of East Grand Bahama and West Grand Bahama, as well as the Freeport Bonded Area.
In East Grand Bahama, the following settlements must evacuate: Sweeting’s Cay, Water Cay, Gold Rock Creek North and South, Freetown, Pelican Point, Rocky Creek, McLean’s Town, Grand Cay, Deep Water Cay, and Queen’s Cove.
In West Grand Bahama, evacuations have been ordered for the settlements of West End, Bottle Bay and Bahama Beach.