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MONDAY LIVE BLOG: Here is what's new with Hurricane Dorian

Posted at 6:57 AM, Sep 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-02 22:06:44-04

(WTXL) — Hurricane Dorian is being described by the National Hurricane Center as catastrophic and life-threatening. This is the latest information coming into our newsroom.

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8:00 p.m.

Hurricane Dorian still stationary with sustained winds near 140 mph.

5:00 p.m.

As of the 5 p.m. Monday update from the National Hurricane Center, Dorian, now a Category 4 storm, has become nearly stationary with sustained winds of 145 mph.

2:00 p.m.

  • Hurricane Dorian still category 4 storm, now with 150 mph winds

12:34 p.m.

  • More tolls suspended to aid evacuations in Florida. The order includes:
  • Alligator Alley
  • The Turnpike Mainline (SR 91), including the Homestead Extension (SR 821)
  • Sawgrass Expressway (SR 869)
  • Beachline Expressway (SR 528)
  • First Coast Expressway (SR 23)
  • SR 417
  • SR 429
  • I-95 Express Lanes
  • I-595 Express Lanes
  • I-75 Express Lanes
  • I-295 Express Lanes

In addition to the roads above, the Central Florida Expressway Authority has suspended tolls on the following:

  • SR 408
    • SR 414
    • SR 451
    • SR 453
    • SR 538
    • SR 551

12:21 p.m.

  • Authorities in the Bahamas are urging people to find floating devices and grab hammers to break out of their attics if necessary as Hurricane Dorian unleashed massive flooding across Grand Bahama island.
  • Police chief says "we simply cannot get to you"

12:10 p.m.

  • Palm Beach International Airport is closed
  • Miami International Airport remained open, but warned travelers that it was expecting higher than normal traffic and to arrive early for their flights.

11:53 a.m.
11:53 a.m.

  • President Trump approves emergency declarations for Georgia and South Carolina

11:40 a.m.

  • Uber offering free rides to hurricane shelters up to $20

11:00 a.m.

  • Hurricane Dorian downgraded to category 4 storm with 155 mph winds

10: 31 a.m.

  • Florida Power and Light has large restoration workforce at staging sites throughout the state.

10:20 a.m.

  • Technical Rescue team from North Port Fire Rescue heading to the East Coast to assist Florida agencies preparing for Dorian's arrival

10:03 a.m.

  • Hurricane Dorian's winds decrease slightly to 160 mph, but it remains an extremely dangerous, life-threatening Category 5 storm

9:01 a.m.

8:10 a.m.

  • A spokesman for Bahamas Power and Light says there has been a total blackout in New Providence, the archipelago's most populous island.

8 a.m.

  • In their 8 a.m. update, the National Hurricane Center says Dorian is moving very little as it hovers over Grand Bahama Island.

6 a.m.

  • The National Hurricane Center said at 6 a.m. that the eye of Dorian is "wobbling" over Grand Bahama Island.

"This is a life-threatening situation. Residents on Grand Bahama Island should not leave their shelter when the eye passes over, as winds will rapidly increase on the other side of the eye."
5 a.m.

  • In their 5 a.m. update, the National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Dorian continues to pound Grand Bahama Island with devastating storm surge and life-threatening winds. The storm is moving west and has slowed to 1mph. It expected to stay over Grand Bahama through much of the day and into the night. Then, the storm will move "dangerously close" Florida's east coast, NHC says.