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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.
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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.

FPREN

Most of Florida could see a wet Labor Day weekend, with the East Coast facing tropical-storm force or stronger winds from Tropical Storm Dorian.

As Labor Day approaches, gas prices are near the lowest level of the summer. And even with the threat of Tropical Storm Dorian, AAA officials say they are not expected to rise.

Dorian has strengthened into a hurricane near St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands and could become a Category 3 storm when it makes its projected landfall in Florida late Sunday night or early Monday.

Forecasters say it's still too early to know with certainty where will hurricane Dorian land in Florida — but it's never too late to assemble your hurricane emergency kit.

Here's what you need:

More than 85 percent of all hurricane activity in the Atlantic Basin occurs after the middle of August.

Some consider Aug. 15 as the “real” start to hurricane season. To others, like former FEMA administrator Craig Fugate, it’s synonymous with the start of football season.

News Service of Florida

A faded banner, draped across the second-story balcony of a weather-battered shell of a home, sends a message: “Mexico Beach will rise again.”

Yellow Bluff Wildfire
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The dry weather coupled with a heat wave is leading to an increased risk of wildfires.

scorched trees
Sky Lebron / WJCT NEWS

A wildfire is burning across an estimated 400 acres of forest on Jacksonville’s Northside, according to the Florida Forest Service.

FloridaStorms.org

A dangerous squall line of thunderstorms is expected to sweep across the entire Florida Peninsula today.

wind chill map of North Florida
Florida Storms

Winter has made a comeback in Florida. Freeze warnings have been issued from Jacksonville to Pensacola, and a Wind Chill Advisory is in effect tonight as far south as Orlando.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration / Via Wikimedia Commons

Hurricane Michael, which pummeled 10 Panhandle counties and spurred evacuation orders for 375,000 Floridians in October, left nearly seven times the debris of Hurricane Irma, which barreled across 45 counties in 2017.

Denise Smith Amos / The Florida Times-Union

Jacksonville saw a high of 83 degrees on January 1, 2019 - the city’s hottest New Year’s Day on record.

Climate Central

It’s that time of year when children start to ask, “Are we going to have a white Christmas?” In Jacksonville this year, the answer is a pretty resounding no.

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