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National Hurricane Center

While the strongest impacts from Hurricane Dorian will be felt along the coast, inland areas won’t be unscathed - especially those that border the St. Johns River.

News Service of Florida

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced Monday afternoon he has suspended tolls on roads across the state in preparation for Hurricane Dorian.

David Luckin

With powerful Hurricane Dorian at a near standstill over the Bahamas, the historic storm is forecast to deliver a blow to the state’s East Coast.

The slow-moving nature of Dorian brings concerns that search-and-rescue operations and electricity restoration could be delayed by high winds from a lingering storm.

Dorian Weakens To Category 2 Hurricane; JTA Will Suspend Service at 1 PM

Sep 2, 2019
Dorian, 11am Tuesday forecast path
FPREN

Dorian weakened to a Category 2 hurricane at 11 a.m. on Tuesday. Dorian was moving twice as fast as it had been at 5 a.m. It's tracking to the northwest with a gradual weakening continuing.

Palm trees blow in the wind in Jacksonville Beach Sunday
Danielle Philipp-Edmonds/Special to WJCT News

People living in evacuation zones A and B should spend their Labor Day leaving home, Mayor Lenny Curry announced Sunday evening as Hurricane Dorian continued toward Florida as a formidable Category 5 storm.

News4Jax

Leaders of Duval County have decided to close the Beaches at midnight Sunday until further notice ahead of Hurricane Dorian.

State Not Planning One-Way Traffic For Evacuees

Sep 1, 2019

Florida doesn’t plan to turn portions of highways into all one-way traffic when evacuation orders are issued for Hurricane Dorian.

Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state has cleared shoulders on interstates and highways and will lift tolls as evacuations orders are issued. But implementing a process known as “contraflow” isn’t currently being considered.

The reason: All one-way traffic could interfere with storm preparation.

Hurricane Dorian struck the northern Bahamas as a catastrophic Category 5 storm Sunday, its record 185 mph winds ripping off roofs, overturning cars and tearing down power lines as hundreds hunkered down in schools, churches and shelters.

Tolls were suspended Sunday on Florida’s Turnpike and other roads in South Florida and Central Florida, as local mandatory evacuation orders started and large portions of the state’s East Coast continued to face threats from catastrophic Hurricane Dorian.

St. Johns County Orders Evacuation For Zones A And B; Shelters Also Opening

Sep 1, 2019
News4Jax

Due to the intensified conditions of Hurricane Dorian, which reached Category 5 strength on Sunday, St. Johns County issued a mandatory evacuation order for Zones A and B, about 148,500 people, effective at 8 a.m. Monday.

Most First Coast area schools will be closed through at least Wednesday. Here’s a county-by-county breakdown:

Update 11:45 am Sunday: Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center have adjusted the forecast track just a few miles west of the previous track. This small adjustment and an expanded tropical storm and hurricane force wind field are the reasons why Hurricane Watches are in effect from north of Deerfield Beach to the Brevard/Volusia county line. Top sustained winds are near 180 mph.

Tropical Storm Watches have been posted in advance of Hurricane Dorian, which is slowly moving closer to the state.

Dorian remains a powerful category 4 hurricane with top sustained winds of 150 mph as of the 5 pm Saturday update from the National Hurricane Center. Seasonably warm ocean temperatures and light wind shear — both of which are normally needed for intense hurricanes — are expected to fuel the storm for several more days.

The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Dorian is now an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm, according to a special statement at 8:30 pm Friday. Data from hurricane hunter aircraft indicate the major hurricane has winds of 130 mph.

Dorian become a Major Hurricane earlier Friday afternoon, and continued to steadily intensify Friday evening.

Courts Closed Tuesday In Clay, Duval, Nassau Counties Because Of Dorian

Aug 30, 2019
Jacksonville Daily Record

Fourth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Mark Mahon ordered courts in Clay, Duval and Nassau counties closed Tuesday after the Monday Labor Day holiday because of Hurricane Dorian.

News Service of Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis warned Floridians to heed local evacuation calls as Hurricane Dorian could be a “Category 4-plus” storm that lingers over the state after making landfall early next week on the East Coast.

The governor, who has taken steps to deal with a rush on gas stations, said Friday the pace of the storm in the Atlantic is giving people time to prepare. However, the intensity of the hurricane means people should stock up on at least seven days of food and water for what could be a “multi-day” crossing of the state by the storm, he said.

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This Jacksonville Beach gas station didn't have any fuel available when this photo was shot on Friday.
Karen Kohoutek-Luckin / Contributed photo

Area drivers are beginning to see some gasoline shortages as Hurricane Dorian is on track to hit Florida  before the end of the Labor Day weekend. 

JaxReady

Friday afternoon Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry advised residents to use the holiday weekend to prepare for Hurricane Dorian.

Sandbags ahead of Hermine / Wikimedia Commons

The Clay County Emergency Operations Center has been partially activated in preparation for Hurricane Dorian.

Update 2:00 pm Friday: Dorian is a major hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph.

Dorian strengthened to a category 2 storm Thursday night and forecasters say it’s expected to become a powerful category 4 hurricane this weekend as it draws closer to Florida.

The government of the Bahamas issued a Hurricane Watch for the northwestern Bahamas in advance of the hurricane’s arrival there Sunday and Sunday night.

JaxReady.com

Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has declared a State of Emergency in every Florida county, held a Thursday afternoon briefing at the Duval County Emergency Operations Center ahead of Hurricane Dorian.

As Floridians stock up on essentials in preparation for possible impacts of Hurricane Dorian, State Attorney General Ashley Moody has activated Florida’s Price Gouging hotline


What To Put In A Hurricane Emergency Supply Kit

Aug 29, 2019

With Hurricane Dorian approaching Florida, the Florida Department of Health has put together a checklist for hurricane supply kites.

This map from the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network shows the potential paths Dorian may take.
FPREN

Hurricane Dorian’s economic impact is already being felt in Jacksonville as Mayor Lenny Curry announced Thursday afternoon that the football game between Florida State University and Boise State University is being moved to Tallahassee.

2016 file photo of sandbags.
Ryan Johnson / Wikimedia Commons

St. Johns County is providing free sandbags at six locations throughout the county in preparation for Hurricane Dorian. 

A view from JAXPORT.
PETER HADEN / WJCT

The U.S. Coast Guard is preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Dorian.

Condition Whiskey went into effect Wednesday night, which means all ocean-going commercial vessels and ocean-going barges greater than 500 gross tons should make plans for departing port.

Updated at 11:20 p.m. ET

Hurricane Dorian is predicted to hit Florida and the northern Bahamas this weekend as an extremely dangerous, slow-moving Category 4 storm, bringing intense rains and sustained winds of 130 mph, the National Hurricane Center says.

With favorable conditions and very warm waters ahead, Dorian is expected to have a fearsome growth spurt. As the NHC says in its 11 p.m. ET update, "Hurricane Hunter aircraft find a strengthening Dorian."

Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency for Florida counties in the path of Hurricane Dorian, which is currently forecast to make landfall as a powerful Category 3 storm late this weekend.

Updated at 5:10 a.m. ET Thursday

Hurricane Dorian is "expected to become a major hurricane on Friday," according to the National Hurricane Center.

Maximum sustained winds at 5 a.m. ET Thursday were 85 mph — a Category 1 hurricane — with higher gusts, according to the center's most recent update. Dorian was about 150 miles north northwest of Puerto Rico, moving about 13 mph toward the northwest.

News4Jax

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said Wednesday it's still too early to predict the impact Hurricane Dorian will have, but he said the city is preparing and has opened the Duval County Emergency Operations Center.

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