MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Tropical-storm-force wind gusts from Hurricane Dorian are being felt in South Florida.

Just before 7 a.m., the National Weather Service said a tropical-storm-force wind gust of 47 mph was reported at Juno Beach Pier in Palm Beach County.

CBS4’s Ted Scouten on Hutchinson Island, which is under a hurricane warning, said there have been squalls and gusty winds all morning.

“Intense, you know, wet. It rains like crazy for about 15 minutes then it dries up and the next squall just comes in. Same thing,” said Anthony Gooden.

The surf is very rough too and when the heavy wind blows, it makes the waves even bigger and pushes the surf further in.

“Powerful, very very powerful and scary. If you were out there right now I can’t even imagine how far it would take you,” said Amy Karras.

Hutchinson Island is under an evacuation order along with low lying areas. There’s also a storm surge warning. But that did not stop a lot of people from making their way to the beach.

“It was very windy. It’s never been this windy before. I had to hold on to somebody because I was afraid I was going to blow away,” said Hennessy.

They wanted to get a glimpse of what’s on the way before they have to lock down and wait out the storm.

“Oh man, unbelievable really, kind of eerie. You don’t know how bad, where it’s going to go. Kinda scary a little bit too,” said Michael Hart.

CBS4 meteorologist Dave Warren said these gusts will increase and get stronger over the next 24 hours as the storm moves slowly to the west/northwest. Strongest wind gusts will be in Broward compared to Miami-Dade and the Keys.

Monday morning, Hurricane Dorian was nearly stationary over the northern Bahamas, the tropical-storm-force winds have expanded to 140 mph out from the center. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center.

The core of extremely dangerous Hurricane Dorian will continue to pound the Bahamas through much of today and tonight. The hurricane will move dangerously close to the Florida east coast tonight through Wednesday evening.

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