Wind Gusts From Hurricane Dorian Start Picking Up Speed In Jacksonville

Sep 3, 2019
8 P.M. map of Hurricane Dorian's forecast path
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Outer rain bands from Dorian continued to move inland from Jacksonville to the Palm Coast Tuesday night.  

Gov. DeSantis Tells Floridians To 'Stay Safe, Remain Vigilant' During Dorian

Sep 3, 2019
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People along the state’s East Coast were told Tuesday to continue heeding local warnings as Hurricane Dorian remained a life-threatening storm, even if it is no longer forecast for a Florida landfall.

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Nassau County Manager Mike Mullin has issued a county-wide curfew in Nassau County beginning Tuesday, September 3, at 8 p.m. as Hurricane Dorian approaches the area.

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Public school districts and officials in Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties alerted WJCT News Tuesday afternoon that they will remain closed through Thursday.

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St. Johns County law enforcement agencies have announced a curfew that is in effect from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly beginning Tuesday, September 3 for Evacuation Zones A and B, the City of St. Augustine Beach, the City of St. Augustine, Flagler Estates, and Hastings.

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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is warning against getting complacent as Hurricane Dorian on Tuesday morning is forecast to pass off shore slightly more eastward than before. Florida Public Radio Emergency Network meteorologists warn that track can still change, like Hurricane Matthew’s did in 2016, wobbling closer to the First Coast than projected. 

Updated at 9:18 a.m. ET Wednesday

Hurricane Dorian is crawling along as a Category 2 storm after spending more than a day thrashing Grand Bahama Island, where at least seven people are reported dead.

The core of the storm will "move dangerously close" to the coasts of Florida and Georgia throughout the night and into Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Dorian is predicted to finally leave the Bahamas Tuesday after spending two days wrecking - and in many places drowning -  the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama.

WLRN’s Sundial host Luis Hernandez spoke with Americas editor Tim Padgett about the Bahamas devastation – and the urgent need to help make South Florida’s island neighbors more resilient to monster storms.

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We devoted the full program to the latest on Hurricane Dorian, and how Northeast Florida is preparing for it. 

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Heeding the call to evacuate, some Jacksonville area residents are now bedding down at area shelters.

5 Dead As Slow-Moving Dorian Batters The Bahamas, Tracks Toward U.S.

Sep 2, 2019

Updated at 2:15 a.m. ET Tuesday

Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis says at least five people have died in the Abaco Islands, where Hurricane Dorian made landfall Sunday as "the strongest hurricane in modern records" to hit the archipelago.

Minnis described the hurricane as a "historic tragedy" that's brought "unprecedented and expensive" devastation to Abaco.

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With mandatory evacuations ordered up and down the First Coast, people are being asked to check their evacuation zone. But some people don’t have one. 

The pier is pictured in the background at St. Augustine Beach.

St. Johns County emergency officials are asking residents living on barrier islands to be patient as there could likely be bridge closures while Hurricane Dorian makes it way northward.

Slow-moving Hurricane Dorian is expected to move dangerously close to the Florida coast late Monday or early Tuesday, authorities say.

Although Dorian has been downgraded to a Category 4 storm, the National Hurricane Center stills cautions residents in Grand Bahama Island — where the hurricane is battering homes with 150-mile-per-hour sustained winds — not to go outside as “winds will suddenly increase after the eye passes.”

Hurricane Dorian was nearly stationary this evening, the National Weather Service reported during its 11 p.m. update.

A slow westward to northwestward motion was expected to resume overnight and continue into early Tuesday.

It's also weakened slightly but still remains a catastrophic Category 4 storm that threatens Florida’s east coast with dangerous storm surge and inundating rains.