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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.

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