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.

Gov. Brian Kemp's Facebook page

The entire coast of Georgia remains inside the cone of uncertainty for Hurricane Dorian.

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

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
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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.


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

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: