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The eye of Hurricane Dorian is moving toward the Carolinas. Follow this story for constant live updates as Dorian continues to impact the U.S. east coast.
Hurricane Dorian made landfall over Cape Hatteras, North Carolina Friday morning.
The storm's maximum sustained winds are up to 90 mph.
Just In: Hurricane #Dorian made landfall at Cape Hatteras, NC at 8:35 AM this morning. Max winds were at 90 mph as a category 1 hurricane. @actionnewsjax @wokvnews #FirstAlertWX pic.twitter.com/PXtA9kc5nl— Garrett Bedenbaugh (@wxgarrett) September 6, 2019
As Hurricane Dorian makes its way to the Carolina coasts, officials in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia are winding down emergency measures and evacuations. Here are the most recent updates:
- Duval County has issued a precautionary swim advisory for all county beaches due to an elevation in toxicity levels. Officials said ocean water could contain diseases or debris that washed in as floodwater made its way to the beach over the course of the storm.
- Nassau County lifted its evacuation order at 7:30 a.m. Thursday and its State of Emergency at 8 a.m. Initial assessments showed minimal damage throughout the county.
- Gov. Brian Kemp lifted the mandatory evacuation order for all Ga. counties.
- Glynn County, the City of Brunswick and the Jekyll Island Authority have lifted the evacuation order for Zone A and the barrier islands. The State of Emergency for Glynn County has ended and all roads are open, including the Sidney Lanier Bridge. Schools will reopen tomorrow.
- Camden County schools will resume classes Friday, Sept. 6.
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11:00 p.m. update: Hurricane Dorian is now back to a category 3 as it tracks towards the Carolinas.
5:45 p.m. update: Mayor Lenny Curry said all evacuation orders, curfews and alcohol sale bans are lifted as of 7 p.m.
"I'm incredibly grateful we dodged the big one on this," he said. "This could've been much worse."
You can watch videos of impacts in Jacksonville here.
He said at the height of outages, more than 32,000 JEA customers were without power. More than 5,000 were without power as of 5:45 p.m. after a circuit blew. He said the average restoration time has been an hour.
He's asking citizens to report damage to 630-CITY to help the city start cleanup.
He's also urging families to stay out of the water at the beach. Lifeguards will be back on duty tomorrow but they're discouraging people from going into the ocean.
He said shelters housed 609 evacuees. City offices will reopen tomorrow.
5 p.m. update: The new track for Hurricane Dorian shows a slight increase in winds. The Cat. 2 hurricane is now north of Jacksonville's latitude packing winds up to 110 miles per hour.
4:45 p.m. update: Nassau County bridges have reopened. The county announced the curfew has been reinstated from 8 p.m. Wednesday through 7 a.m. Thursday.
3:50 p.m. update: Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said the mandatory evacuation order will be lifted at 7 p.m.
3:30 p.m. update: St. Augustine police say the Bridge of Lions is temporarily closed because of flooding. We're updating this story with bridge closures.
3 p.m. update: St. Johns County has lifted its curfew and mandatory evacuation orders. School will resume Friday.
2 p.m. update: Dorian's eye is officially at Jacksonville's latitude. It is 115 miles off the coast and is moving north-northwest near 9 miles per hour.
On this track, the core of Hurricane Dorian will move parallel to the Florida east coast and the Georgia coast through tonight. The center of Dorian is forecast to move near or over the coast of South Carolina and North Carolina Thursday through Friday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 105 mph with higher gusts.
1:50 p.m. update: All remaining flights for Wednesday are canceled at the Jacksonville International Airport.
1:30 p.m. update: The water is rising in Davis Shores in St. Johns County as Dorian's rain mixes with high tide. Videos of local county impacts
12:45 update: Officials have closed the Shave and Nassau Sound Bridges in Nassau County. Full list of bridge closures.
Noon update: Water has breached the dunes and is spilling onto A1A in south St. Johns County.
11 a.m. update: A Tornado Warning has been issued for St. Johns County until 11:30 a.m.
The latest forecast track shows Dorian about 90 miles east of Daytona Beach. The category 2 storm has maximum sustained winds of 105 mph.
It's moving parallel to Florida's at 9 mph.
The Hurricane Warning originally issued for Florida's Northeast coast from the Volusia/Brevard County line to Ponte Vedra Beach has changed to a Tropical Storm Warning.
A storm surge warning has been extended northward to the North Carolina/Virgina border.
8 a.m. update: Hurricane Dorian is about 135 miles east southeast of Jacksonville.
The category 2 storm has maximum sustained winds of 105 mph and is moving north northwest at 8 mph.
5:44 a.m. update: Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia has issued an executive order to iexpand the state of emergency to include Ware County due to the 5 a.m. forecast update for Hurricane Dorian.
Other Georgia counties now inlcuded: Appling, Bacon, Bulloch, Clinch, Echols, Evans, Screven and Tattnall.
5 a.m. update: A Hurricane watch is in effect for north of Ponte Vedra Beach to the Savannah River.
The cat. 2 storm has a maximum sustained winds of 105 mph and is currently about 90 miles east of Daytona Beach.
4 a.m. update: Hurricane Dorian is nearing the coast. The category 2 storm is located 100 miles east of Daytona Beach. The latest forecast track shows the storm east of Jacksonville throughout the day.
We have already seen tropical storm wind in our area. Wind gusts were near 50 mph at the Jacksonville Beach. Some local areas are experiencing power outages.
1:30 a.m. update: The first report of sustained tropical storm force winds in the area is coming in from the St. Augustine Beach Pier. Sustained winds are up to 44 mph with gusts up to 52 mph.
11 p.m.: The 11 p.m. Tuesday Hurricane Dorian advisory update shows that the storm is still a category 2. Dorian is forecast to be 90 miles east of Jacksonville Beach late Wednesday afternoon.
A Hurricane Warning has been issued for St. Johns County in Florida. Tropical Storm Warnings have been issued for Clay, Putnam, Duval and Nassau counties in Florida and Glynn and Camden counties in Georgia.
8 p.m.: Dorian is maintaining Cat. 2 strength as it moves northwest at 6 miles per hour along Central Florida's east coast. On this track, the core of Hurricane Dorian will move dangerously close to the Florida east coast and the Georgia coast tonight through Wednesday night.
6 p.m.: Hurricane Dorian is pulling away from the Northwestern Bahamas and is now lashing the east coast of Florida. It is still a Cat. 2 storm with winds up to 110 miles per hour.
The core is moving nearly parallel to the coast of Florida.
5 p.m.: Dorian is now moving northwest at 6 miles per hour. The 5 p.m. updated track had a slight shift west but keeps it at least 85 miles off the coast of Jacksonville Wednesday.
A slightly faster motion toward the northwest or north-northwest is expected tonight. A turn toward the north is forecast by Wednesday evening, followed by a turn toward the north-northeast Thursday morning.
3:25 p.m.: A curfew has been issued for Evacuation Zones A and B, the City of St. Augustine Beach, and the City of St. Augustine. The curfew will remain in effect from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly beginning Tuesday until further notice.
2:45 p.m.: Duval County has canceled school on Thursday, along with Putnam, St. Johns, Clay and Nassau counties. See the full list here.
2 p.m.: Dorian's core is finally moving away from Grand Bahama Island, but dangerous winds and life-threatening storm surge will continue through the evening.
Dorian remains a Cat. 2. It is moving toward the northwest near 5 mph. A slightly faster motion toward the northwest or north-northwest is expected later today and tonight.
The hurricane will then move dangerously close to the Florida east coast late today through
Wednesday evening, very near the Georgia and South Carolina coasts Wednesday night and Thursday, and near or over the North Carolina coast late Thursday and Thursday night.
12:15 p.m.: Clay and St. Johns County have canceled school on Thursday. See the full list of school closures.
First Alert Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh is urging families to remain alert. He says though Dorian's wind speed has slightly decreased, the combined wind, surge, and floods hazards are the same or even worse since the hurricane has become larger.
11 a.m.: Hurricane Dorian is now a Cat. 2 hurricane moving 2 miles per hour northwest, beginning its journey toward Florida.
Winds are at 110 miles per hour. It's expected to be a Cat. 2 100 miles east of Jacksonville on Wednesday.
NHC says data from aircraft and buoys indicate that the hurricane is growing in size. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up
to 175 miles.
Click here to read expected local impacts in Talking the Tropics with Mike.
10:15 a.m.: Glynn County has implemented a curfew in its evacuation area from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
The area includes St. Simons Island, the City of Brunswick and all areas East of Interstate 95.
The Jekyll Island Authority has issued a curfew beginning at 8 p.m. tonight, Sept. 3.
10 a.m.: Hurricane Dorian is still moving northwest at 1 mph. Wind speeds are currently at 115 mph. Dangerous winds and life-threatening storm surge continues to to impact Grand Bahama Island.
9 a.m.: Dangerous winds and life-threatening storm surge continuing to impact Grand Bahama Island.
8 a.m.: The eye of Hurricane Dorian is beginning to inch northwestward at 1 mph. The southern eyewall continues to pound Grand Bahama Island.
7 a.m.: The southern eyewall of Dorian continues to lash Grand Bahama Island, according to the National Hurricane Center.
6 a.m.: Hurricane Dorian remains a stationary cat 3. storm. NOAA and Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is investigating Dorian.
5 a.m.: Hurricane Dorian remains a category 3 storm with winds of 120 mph. It is still nearly stationary but is expected to begin moving North-northwestward later this morning.
A Hurricane Warning has been issued for St. Johns County.
A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Duval, Nassau, Clay, Putnam, Glynn and Camden counties. The areas were previosuly under a Hurricane Watch.
4 a.m.: Dorian's southern eyewall is planted over Grand Bahama Island. The storm remains stationary. Residents are told to remain in shelter as they continue to experience Dorian's eyewall.
3 a.m.: Hurricane Dorian is still stationary just north of Grand Bahamas Island as a category 3 hurricane.
It has a maximum sustained winds of 120 mph. The hurricane is forecast eventually to make a more northern turn just offshore of the east coast of Florida. Dorian is forecast to be well offshore from Jacksonville Beach by Wednesday afternoon and evening.
We will still see significant coastal impacts from Dorian.
The Grand Bahama Island continues to experience Dorian's eyewall.
11 p.m.: Hurricane Dorian's track has shifted farther east.
The new track moves the eye wall 100 miles off the coast of Jacksonville Beach.
First Alert Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says dangerous impacts would still extend far from the center.
7:53 p.m.: Hurricane Dorian is slightly weaker than the 5 p.m. update. No real change on the track, but still subject to change.
5:25 p.m.: The Bahamas Prime Minister says at least five people have died in the Abaco Islands as Hurricane Dorian continues to pound the region.
The AP reported Monday that he said there are also people in nearby Great Bahama island who are in serious distress.
The prime minister said rescue crews will respond to calls for help as soon as weather conditions allow, adding that many homes and buildings have been severely damaged or destroyed. He said: "We are in the midst of a historic tragedy."
5 p.m.: Hurricane Dorian's track has shifted east again, moving the cone of concern slightly away from Jacksonville.
The new track moves the eye wall 80 miles off the coast of Jacksonville Beach. The eye would be 70 miles east of St. Augustine Wednesday afternoon.
First Alert Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says dangerous impacts would still extend far from the center.
Buresh said Dorian is expected to make an uncomfortably close pass near eastern Florida, Cape Canaveral and Daytona Beach at 2 a.m. Tuesday morning.
The cone of concern is now hugging the coast of Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia.
Local impacts are expected to include high rip tide risk and high tides, isolated tornadoes, windy at the coast and breezy inland.
4 p.m.: Hurricane Dorian's winds are now at 145 miles per hour. A new track is expected at 5 p.m.
GALLERY: Photos of Dorian seen from space
Dorian's eye has been over the Bahamas since 9 p.m. Sunday night. First Alert Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says the pressure has continually gone up, an indication of a hurricane that is no longer strengthening.
It's still several hundred miles from our coast line.
Local impacts are expected to include high rip tide risk and high tides, isolated tornadoes, windy at the coast and breezy inland.
3 p.m.: Clay County officials have issued mandatory evacuations for zones A and B and people living in low lying areas.
They said the evacuations will go into effect at 3 p.m. Tuesday. Four shelters will open to welcome families.
You can look up your zone and emergency management information here.
2 p.m.: Hurricane Dorian is still a category 4 hurricane with winds up to 150 miles per hour.
It is moving very slowly toward the west-northwest near 1 mph.
1:30 p.m.: All Ascension St. Vincent’s medical group offices are closed through Wednesday. This includes primary care, urgent care and specialty care clinics. All Ascension St. Vincent’s hospitals remain open at this time.
Baptist is also closing its Nassau campus in Fernandina Beach at 3 p.m.
1 p.m.: Putnam County has issued mandatory evacuations effective today for families in evacuation Zone A and people in low lying areas living in boats, recreational vehicles and mobile homes.
First Alert Meteorologist Garrett Bedenbaugh says Dorian has begun its north-northwest turn. He says the earlier the turn, the further off shore Dorian could end up but the path is still very fluid.
12:20 p.m.: Sheriff Mike Williams says at some points during the storm, JSO may not be able to respond to families.
He said approximately 150,000 people in Zones A and B ho are being evacuated. Registered sex offenders are supposed to go to the Legend Center, where they are checked in and segregated from the general population. He said they are not evacuating jails or corrections center in Zones A and B.
12:10 p.m.: FDOT says tolls have been waived on the First Coast Expressway (SR 23) and 295 Express lanes until further notice.
NAS Jacksonville has announced the closure of NAS Jax to non-essential personnel beginning at 4 p.m. Monday. Only mission essential personnel will have access to the base on Tuesday after 2 p.m. and on Wednesday.
11 a.m.: Hurricane Dorian is now a category 4 storm. Wind speeds are down to 155 mph. The storm is currently located about 30 miles northeast of Freeport Grand Bahama Island. It is moving west at only 1 mile per hour.
The Storm Surge Watch has been extended northward along the Georgia coast to the Savannah River. The Hurricane Watch has been extended northward to Altamaha Sound Georgia.
The Hurricane Warning along the east coast of Florida has been extended northward to the Flagler/Volusia County Line. The Hurricane Watch has been extended northward to Altamaha Sound, Georgia.
Mayor Lenny Curry is expected to talk to city council about Hurricane Dorian at 11 a.m.
10:30 a.m.: Clay County announced it will hold a news briefing at 3 p.m.
At his 10 a.m. briefing, Gov. DeSantis urged families to heed evacuations orders. He said they've been issued from Palm Beach County all the way north to Coastal Georgia.
JSO says it is getting many questions about bridge closures. The agency said in a Tweet that once bridges are closed because of 40 miles per hour sustained winds, they will stay closed for the duration of the storm.
10:20 a.m.: Nassau County Public Works says it still has sandbags available. So far the agency has distributed about 40,000 sandbags, with about 10,000 bags remaining.
Filling Stations are available at the following locations from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.:
- 97177 Pogey Place, Fernandina Beach, FL (North End Boat Ramp)
- 86142 Goodbread Rd., Yulee, FL (Yulee Sports Complex)
- 45401 Mickler Street, Callahan (Walter Boatright County Building)
- 37356 Pea Farm Rd., Hilliard, FL (Hilliard Road & Bridge Yard)
10 a.m.: Gov. DeSantis is speaking at 10 a.m. as local evacuations are underway.
8:45 a.m.: The Atlantic Beach Police Department says the beach has closed, and that beachgoers could be arrested or given citations. The department said it has pulled its resources off the beach, and if there were to be an emergency, response times would be much longer than usual. The point is to make a bold statement and ensure safety and preparation, ABPD says.
8 a.m.: No significant changes. New track update at 11 a.m. Mandatory evacuations begin at 8 a.m. for areas of Duval, St. Johns and Nassau counties.
7:02 a.m.: The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens will be closed Monday through Wednesday for guests, educational programs and events. The Zoo and Gardens will reopen Thursday, pending any unforeseen wind or water damage.
6:30 a.m.: According to JSO, all beachfronts of Atlantic, Neptune and Jacksonville are closed. 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfews are in place and alcohol sales have been suspended into further notice.
5 a.m.: The latest advisory is about 50 to 75 miles off the Northeast Florida coast for where the center of Hurricane Dorian may pass by to the east. Any deviation in track to the left (west) would increase our local impacts. Dorian continues to have devastating impacts on Grand Bahama Island.
Along and west of I-95 in Northeast Florida is under a hurricane watch. West of I-95 to HWY 301 in Northeast Florida is under a tropical storm watch.
3:15 a.m.: Hurricane Dorian is stalling out over the Grand Bahamas Island this morning as a category 5 hurricane. The hurricane is forecast to make a northern turn just offshore of the east coast of Florida. Dorian is forecast to be offshore from Jacksonville Beach by Wednesday afternoon and evening.
11 p.m.: A hurricane watch is now in effect for the Northeast Florida Coast.
The new track shows Hurricane Dorian moving west over the Bahamas with 180 MPH sustained winds towards West Palm Beach, Florida.
First Alert Weather Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh forecasts the storm to be a category 3 storm 60 to 70 miles off the coast of Jacksonville on Wednesday night.
10:30 p.m.: Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp ordered residents east of I-95 in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty, and McIntosh Counties to evacuate.
The Georgia Department of Transportation will activate a westerly contraflow on I-16 at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
9:15 p.m.: The Glynn County Board of Commissioners has placed the County under a state of emergency.
Glynn County officials haven't announced an official evacuation, but expect to evacuate the barrier islands like St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island as conditions worsen.
A statement sent by officials said, "Glynn County is not accepting evacuees and will not open a shelter during the storm. If evacuees need a shelter location, contact the Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767."
8:15 p.m.: The City of Jacksonville Beach announced a mandatory curfew, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., starting Monday evening "until further notice."
In a voicemail sent to beach residents, county officials also announced the closure of area beaches beginning at midnight Sunday. The voicemail said high surf and rough conditions will make it too dangerous for Ocean Rescue to save anyone that gets into a dangerous situation.
Alcohol sales will also be banned beginning Monday at 10 p.m. until conditions improve.
Atlantic and Neptune Beaches announced similar beach closures and evacuation orders.
8 p.m.: Updated track and information in on Hurricane Dorian.
5:10 p.m.: Mayor Lenny Curry says effective at 8 a.m. Monday, families in zones A and B will be under mandatory evacuations. Nassau and St. Johns have also issued mandatory evacuation orders.
A local state of emergency will go into effect in Jacksonville Monday. Shelters will open Monday at 10 a.m. Click here for a list.
Sheriff Mike Williams said bridges will close if sustained winds reach 40 miles per hour.
JSO is urging families to prepare tonight and evacuate tomorrow.
5 p.m.: Nassau County said mandatory evacuations are in place for zones A, C and F as of 8 a.m. Monday.
The 5 p.m. track for Hurricane Dorian shows the storm will be 50 to 60 miles east of Jacksonville Wednesday. It is over the Bahamas, moving toward the west at approximately 5 miles per hour.
First Alert Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says the greatest local impacts will be along the coast, Intracoastal, St. Johns River and its tributaries.
4 p.m.: St. Johns County leaders say as many as 148,500 people are under mandatory evacuations in the county.
Those orders may expand if the track shifts west. Leaders are encouraging families to leave as soon as they can to avoid traffic.
Sheriff Shoar is asking people to help their neighbors and the elderly. You can call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center at 904-824-5550 with questions.
The NHC has been releasing hourly updates on Dorian. From the 4 p.m. update:
"This is a life-threatening situation. Residents in the Abacos should stay in their shelter. Do not venture out into the eye if it passes over your location.
Hazards: Wind gusts over 220 mph, Storm surge 18 to 23 feet above normal tide levels with higher destructive waves.
These hazards will cause extreme destruction in the affected areas and will continue for several hours."
3:15 p.m.: Duval and Nassau County Schools have announced they will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.
NHC issued a 3 p.m. update for Dorian. It is tied for the strongest Atlantic hurricane landfall on record with the 1935 Labor Day hurricane.
FDOT has announced some tolls that are waived to aid in evacuations.
2:45 p.m.: Dorian now has made two official landfalls in the Bahamas, at Elbow Cay, Abacos at 12:40 p.m. and Great Abaco Island near Marsh Harbour at 2 p.m.
Videos show devastating wind, rain and storm surge. NWS is urging people to stay inside.
2 p.m.: The 2 p.m. advisory for Hurricane Dorian shows it has strengthened over the Bahamas with maximum sustained winds at 185 miles per hour.
Putnam County schools announced they will cancel class on Tuesday and Wednesday. Clay and St. Johns will also be closed.
1:45 p.m.: St. Johns County has issued mandatory evacuation orders effective at 8 a.m. on Monday for Evacuation Zones A and B, which includes the entire City of St. Augustine, the City of St. Augustine Beach, and those living on waterfront property or in flood-prone areas. In addition, the county has ordered evacuations for Hastings and Flagler Estates. Read the full order.
St. Johns County will open six shelters at 8 a.m. Monday. Click here for a list.
1:30 p.m.: Gov. DeSantis said Florida will start to see tropical storm-force winds in the next 48 hours. He is telling families they still have time to prepare for the storm.
He said at a 1:30 p.m. news conference that he expects Duval, St. Johns and Nassau to announce evacuation plans soon.
He said some tolls are being waived and they are prepared to open shoulders on interstates if necessary.
1 p.m.: Mayor Curry will hold a news conference at 5 p.m. Sunday.
Meanwhile, the NHC said Hurricane Dorian made landfall at Elbow Cay, Abacos at 12:45 p.m. with maximum sustained winds up to 185 mph and gusts over 220 mph.
12:50 p.m.: Both Clay and St. Johns counties have canceled class on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Duval County's beaches will close at midnight Monday until further notice, according to the Atlantic Beach Police Department.
12:30 p.m.: Clay County announced school is canceled Tuesday and Wednesday because of expected impacts from Dorian.
Click here for a gallery of local impacts.
12:15 p.m.: Hurricane Dorian is slamming the Northern Bahamas. Video from people on the island shows feet of flooding and devastating winds.
11 a.m.: Wind speeds have increased to 180 mph. The storm will affect the Abaco Islands during the next few hours.
Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued mandatory evacuations for coastal areas in Palm Beach County and Martin County in Florida.
First Alert Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh breaks down expected local impacts in his Talking the Tropics blog here.
10 a.m.: Mayor Lenny Curry says a decision on evacuations and closures will likely come Monday morning.
8 a.m.: Hurricane Dorian has been upgraded to a Category 5. Wind speeds have been increased to 175 mph after Hurricane Hunters made a pass through Dorian.
5 a.m.: The Tropical Storm Watch from north of Deerfield Beach to Sebastian Inlet is changed to a Tropical Storm Warning. A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued from north of Golden Beach to Deerfield Beach.
11 p.m.: The 11 p.m. update show's little variation in Dorian's track off the east coast of Florida.
8 p.m.: Hurricane Dorian is still a category 4 storm that is already starting to impact the Bahamas. Sustained winds are up to 150 miles per hour and the hurricane is moving west at 8 miles per hour.
6 p.m.: Gov. DeSantis is warning some forecast models still bring powerful Hurricane Dorian close to or even onto the Florida peninsula.
"Floridians on the east coast need to be prepared. If you have a plan, stick to your plan. If you haven't made preparations, please do so," he said.
A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the east coast of Florida from Deerfield Beach to Sebastian Inlet.
There are no local watches or warnings.
5 p.m.: The latest track for Hurricane Dorian shows the storm taking a sharp northward turn. Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia are still in the cone of uncertainty.
Dorian is currently a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds up to 150 miles per hour.
Action News Jax First Alert Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh said the pressure has dropped over the past couple hours and there's still a chance it will upgrade to a Cat. 5.
Buresh says families should still be aware of changes but on this path we would remain largely dry and just breezy with mostly coastal impacts. That would include rough seas and surf and dangerous rip currents.
The latest track would keep the storm off shore -- one hundred miles east of Jacksonville.
Mayor Curry said at a 5 p.m. news conference that the developments have been "slightly, slightly in our favor." No evacuations have been announced.
Duval County's superintendent said school is still in session Tuesday.
3:15 p.m.: Gov. Ron DeSantis is hosting a news conference at 6 p.m. with the latest on Florida's preparations for Dorian. Mayor Curry is holding a briefing at 5 p.m.
2 p.m.: Little change from the 11 a.m. update, but Dorian is still a powerful Cat. 4 hurricane. We'll have a new track at 5 p.m.
Several Florida counties are under mandatory evacuations. None have been announced locally.
1 p.m.: Mayor Curry's office says he will give an update on Dorian preparations at 5 p.m. You can watch it live on Action News Jax.
11 a.m.: Dorian's track has shifted east again and maximum winds are up to 150 miles per hour, just shy of a Cat. 5 storm.
The new track shows Dorian staying about 80 miles off shore. It could be a Cat. 3 when it is off our coast on Wednesday at 8 a.m.
9 a.m.: Gov. Ron DeSantis has urged the community to be vigilant before Hurricane Dorian makes landfall. Additionally, Brevard County and Martin County now have mandatory evacuations.
8 a.m.: Wind speed is now up to 145 mph. Pressure is down to 944 mb.
5 a.m.: Dorian just offshore now following recent model trends. A prolonged period of storm surge and hurricane-force winds are likely over portions of the northwestern Bahamas. There would be local impacts with this scenario, according to the Action News Jax First Alert Weather team.
4:30 a.m.: Hurricane Dorian is in the Southwest Atlantic this morning and will continue moving to the northwest. Dorian is a dangerous category 4 hurricane. The hurricane is forecast to potentially target the Central Florida coast Tuesday evening as a major hurricane.
10:45 p.m.: The new track of Hurricane Dorian shows the storm moving up the east coast of Florida.
8:50 p.m.: Hurricane Dorian is now a category 4 storm, with winds up to 130 miles per hour.
7:27 p.m.: The USDA has approved the early release of September food assistance benefits to allow families that rely on SNAP to stock up before Hurricane Dorian.
The Florida Department of Children and Families said that those who were scheduled to receive their SNAP benefits between Sept. 1 and Sept. 14 will be able to access those funds through their Electronic Benefit Transfer cards starting Saturday, Aug. 31 at noon. They said it is an early release of those benefits, not additional funds.
“I applaud Governor DeSantis and President Trump for their swift action in response to the needs of Florida’s vulnerable children and families preparing for this major hurricane,” said DCF Secretary Chad Poppell. “The early release of benefits will allow families to purchase much-needed food prior to Hurricane Dorian’s landfall.”
5:25 p.m.: The City of Jacksonville recommends anyone that relies on medical equipment that requires electricity should ride out the storm in a shelter. Residents can register for the City of Jacksonville Emergency Preparedness Division's Special Medical Needs Registry here.
Action News Jax's Meghan Moriarty spoke with a man who lives on the Westside that is concerned about not having access to dialysis during Dorian. He said he relies on public transportation and doesn't have a way to evacuate to other states like he has in the past.
JEA says anyone that needs assistance or a ride to a shelter should call 904-630-CITY.
"Go to JEA.com, there’s instructions for you in terms of what facilities have the appropriate back up power and water supplies necessary,” JEA CEO Aaron Zahn said.
5 p.m.: The latest track for Hurricane Dorian indicates the storm is slowing down.
The track has shifted east and is expected to ride up the east coast of Florida.
4:45 p.m.: The Orlando International Airport will ground commercial flights on Monday, Sept. 2 at 2 a.m.
Officials didn't say when operations will resume at the airport.
2 p.m.: Hurricane Dorian has now become a category 3 storm.
11 a.m.: Latest track shows Dorian has slowed slightly, still expected to become category 3 later today.
10:11 a.m.: Latest satellite shows eye has formed for Hurricane Dorian.
9 a.m.: Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday morning that residents should be prepared for a multi-day event.
DeSantis also said that tolls are being waived in light of the impending approach of Hurricane Dorian, and FEMA is working to get more fuel from Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.
7:57 a.m.: Hurricane Dorian continues to strengthen with winds are now at 110 mph, just shy of a category 3 hurricane.
5 a.m.: The 5 a.m. advisory shows winds at 105 mph for Category 2 Hurricane Dorian, moving west at 12 mph. Florida landfall is expected as a Category 4 hurricane early Tuesday.
Dorian is expected to become a major Category 3 hurricane later Friday.
Hurricane watches have been issued for the northwestern Bahamas.
10:45 p.m.: The 11 p.m. advisory shows Dorian has now strengthened to a Category 2 hurricane and is forecast to make landfall in Florida on Monday night.
9:45 p.m.: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the state is activating more tha 2,500 Florida National Guard Troops ahead of Dorian.
9:10 p.m.: The President of Edward Waters College said classes will be canceled and the campus will close at noon Friday through Tuesday, Sep. 3.
5:30 p.m.: In anticipation of Hurricane Dorian, the University of North Florida said it is canceling all classes and student activities from Saturday, Aug. 31, through at least Tuesday, Sept. 3. Read more: https://webapps.unf.edu/alerts/82
5 p.m.: Dorian 5 p.m. advisory is showing the Hurricane is still a Cat. 1, and is forecast to be a Cat. 4 off the coast of Florida. The Hurricane is forecast to hit south of Cape Canaveral Monday afternoon. First Alert Weather Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says there will continue to be changes next several days.
4:30 p.m.: Gov. Ron DeSantis and Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry give briefing on Hurricane Dorian.
11 a.m.: The 11 am advisory says Hurricane Dorian is forecast now to be a category 4 hurricane at landfall early Monday morning along the Florida east coast.
10:30 a.m.: Gov. Ron DeSantis held a briefing at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida. He issued a state of emergency in 26 counties, as of now, and will likely be adding more.
Desantis said they are working on getting more fuel. FEMA and President Trump are giving support, he stated. DeSantis also announced a change in location for the FSU vs. Boise State game. It will now be moving to Tallahassee, Florida. He stressed to the public to be prepared for flooding, wind, anything.
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5 a.m.: The most notable change in the 5 a.m. forecast is that it's a little bit slower than the previous one as Hurricane Dorian approaches Florida. The hurricane is still targeting Florida's east coast by Monday. The intensity has been increased to 125 mph near landfall. It is forecast to strengthen to a Cat. 2 by tonight and Florida landfall is expected early Monday as a Cat. 3. The next update is expected at 11 a.m.
8 p.m.: The 8 p.m. advisory update shows that the Hurricane's pressure is continuing to drop indicating strengthening. All warnings have been dropped for the U.S. and British Virgin Islands as well as Puerto Rico
5 p.m.: The 5 p.m. track for Hurricane Dorian shows the storm may make landfall off Central Florida's coast, near Port Canaveral. Winds are up to 80 miles per hour.
Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency for the counties in the path of Dorian.
1:45 p.m.: Dorian is now a Category 1 hurricane as it nears St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Winds are up to 75 miles per hour. A hurricane warning is in effect for Vieques and Culebra in Puerto Rico and the U.S. and Britain Virgin Islands.
Dorian is forecast to continue strengthening during the next few days over the Atlantic waters.
11:05 a.m.: Minutes after releasing the 11 a.m. update for Dorian, the National Hurricane Center updated the track to show Dorian could be a Category 3 storm -- a major hurricane -- during landfall in Florida Monday morning.
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Hurricane warnings are already in effect in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands ahead of landfall.
The First Alert Weather Center says all indications show by this Labor Day weekend, a
powerful hurricane will be near Florida or the southeastern coast of the United States.
Mayor Curry said in an 11:15 a.m. briefing that the city is still two days away from making any decisions on evacuations.
He said anyone who lives in a mobile home should start thinking about evacuation plans today.
Mayor Curry is urging families to prepare ahead of landfall. JFRD says the emergency operations center is up and running and Curry says it will be fully operational Thursday morning.
He says the FSU and Boise State game Saturday has not been impacted as of now.
11 a.m.: Dorian's updated track shows winds are up to 70 mph. It is forecast to become a major hurricane north of the Bahamas on Sunday morning before landfall Monday morning along the east coast of Florida.
10:25 a.m.: Duval County Public Schools says officials are monitoring Tropical Storm Dorian.
They sent a news release Wednesday saying the storm could affect school and school activities as it approaches and after it passes.
DCPS says as the track becomes more certain, they will post information on their website about impacts on school, sports, other school activities and shelters.
They are asking parents to download the Duval County Public Schools mobile app and follow the district and any schools their children attend to receive notifications related to Dorian.
8 a.m.: There are no big changes in intensity for the 8 AM advisory. it is still forecast to be a category 2 hurricane as it approaches Florida.
7:06 a.m.: Mayor Lenny Curry of Jacksonville says the emergency operations team is monitoring the Tropical Storm Dorian and will provide updates as they develop.
5 a.m.: Tropical Storm Dorian now forecast to be a category 2 hurricane as it approaches the east coast of Florida.
Tropical Storm Dorian is approaching Puerto Rico today and tonight as a tropical storm. Dorian is then forecast to move back into the Atlantic and eventually turn back to the northwest through Thursday and Friday. This storm will likely strengthen into a hurricane over the open waters of the Southwest Atlantic as it moves northeast of the Bahamas. Dorian is forecast to potentially target the Central Florida coast Sunday evening. See “Talking the Tropics with Mike” for specific threats to the local area. One should always stay up-to-date with the forecast and be prepared during hurricane season.
5 p.m.: The 5 p.m. track for Tropical Storm Dorian shows the storm is likely headed for Central Florida coast by Sunday as astrong tropical storm, First Alert Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says.
11 a.m.: Much of NE Florida is now in "the cone" for Tropical Storm Dorian. Keep up to date with the forecast over the next few days.
8 a.m.: Not much has changed for Tropical Storm Dorian. Winds remain at 50 mph.
5 a.m.: The cone now covers some of our southern viewing area (due to time and historical track error forecasts)
2 a.m.: Tropical Storm Dorian is still expected to become a hurricane as it nears Puerto Rico or over Eastern Dominican Republic. It is expected to be in the Bahamas by Friday and potentially approaching the east coast of Florida if it survives the Caribbean.
Tropical Depression Six is moving away from Florida in the Western Atlantic. This depression is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm today. It would be named “Erin.” Tropical Storm Dorian is approaching the southern Lesser Antilles this morning. Dorian is expected to become a hurricane in the NE Caribbean Sea tomorrow as it is near Puerto Rico and the eastern Dominican Republic. It is still too early to determine any Florida impacts. However, recent model runs continue to indicated the east coast of Florida should remain up-to-date with the latest “Dorian” forecast for the Labor Day weekend. Any impacts to Florida would be for the end of the holiday weekend. One should always be prepared during hurricane season.
11 p.m.: There is not a lot of change. It could be approaching the southeast coast of Florida by Saturday evening.
4:50 p.m.: The latest track for Tropical Storm Dorian has been released. The storm could be over or near Florida for parts of the holiday weekend, First Alert Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says.
4:40 p.m.: Tropical Depression 6 has formed in the Atlantic.
First Alert Chief Meteorologist Mike said the system will become Tropical Storm Erin soon, but no local impacts are expected.
11 a.m.: Tropical Storm Dorian is forecast to become a hurricane as it moves into the Caribbean Sea late Tuesday and early Wednesday. Then, Dorian will approach Hispanola and Puerto Rico and interaction with the land will weaken the storm.
It will maintain tropical storm strength by Monday as it moves over the Bahamas and approaches South Florida. It is still too early to tell if Dorian will have impacts to Florida.
Original Story - Aug. 26
Tropical Storm Dorian is strengthening over the Western Atlantic as it approaches the Caribbean. Dorian is expected to become a hurricane by Wednesday in the northeast Caribbean Sea and then weaken as it moves over the Greater Antilles.
Dorian’s interaction with wind shear, dry air, and land will all be crucial to the long range outlook once it moves north out of the Caribbean late in the week.
Invest 98-L is moving away from Florida, but it will keep a northeast wind over the local area through today. This disturbance is expected to turn into at least a tropical cyclone within the next day or so.
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