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WATCH LIVE UPDATES: Track, computer models, radar for Hurricane Dorian

Parts of Central Florida remains in cone of uncertainty

ORLANDO, Fla. – Here's the latest on Hurricane Dorian, which remains on a path toward Florida.

In a slow, relentless advance, catastrophic Dorian keeps pounding at the northern Bahamas, as one of the strongest Atlantic storms ever recorded leaves wrecked homes, shredded roofs, tumbled cars and toppled power poles in its wake.

  • Max wind speeds at 130 mph
  • Dorian nearly at a stand still over Bahamas
  • Category 4 storm 30 miles northeast of Freeport Grand Bahama Island 
  • Parts of Florida's east coast remain in cone of uncertainty

11 p.m.

The newest track shows Florida is out of the cone of uncertainty.

However, regardless of the exact track of Dorian’s center, the National hurricane Center said life-threatening storm surge and dangerous hurricane-force winds are expected along portions of Florida’s east coast, Georgia and South Carolina.

Hurricane Dorian remains stationary over the Bahamas. It's currently 100 miles east of West Palm Beach with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph.

The Grand Bahama Island will continue to experience devastating winds and storm surge for several more hours into Tuesday morning, according to the NHC.

Summary of watches and warnings:

A storm surge warning is in effect for

  • Lantana  to Savannah River

A storm surge watch is in effect for

  • North of Deerfield Beach to south of Lantana
  • Altamaha Sound, Georgia to South Santee River, South Carolina

A hurricane warning is in effect for

  • Grand Bahama and the Abacos Islands in the northwestern Bahamas
  • Jupiter Inlet to Ponte Vedra Beach

A hurricane watch is in effect for

  • North of Deerfield Beach to Jupiter Inlet 
  • North of Ponte Vedra Beach to South Santee River, South Carolina

A tropical storm warning is in effect for

  • North of Deerfield Beach  to Jupiter Inlet 

A tropical storm watch is in effect for

  • North of Golden Beach to Deerfield Beach
  • Lake Okeechobee

10 p.m.

The National Hurricane Center says the Grand Bahama Island is experiencing the eyewall of Hurricane Dorian and will continue to experience hazards from the storm through Tuesday morning. Wind gusts of up to 165 mph have been reported.

9 p.m.

Residents on the Grand Bahama Island are urged to stay indoors as the storm continues to thrash the area. Conditions are expected to subside later Sunday night.

8 p.m.

Hurricane Dorian is grinding down hard and focusing its fury as it continues to maul the Bahamas.

At 8 p.m. EDT Monday, the ferocious storm's center was about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Freeport Grand Bahama Island. It has barely budged from that position all day.

But its wind speeds lessened slightly to 140 mph (220 kph). That was down from 155 mph (250 kph) earlier in the day.

On Sunday, Dorian blasted the Bahamas with maximum sustained winds of 185 mph (297 kph).

The National Hurricane center said Dorian is expected to move "dangerously close" to the Florida east coast late Monday through Wednesday evening and then move north to coastal Georgia and South Carolina on Wednesday night and Thursday.

7:25 p.m.

Hurricane Dorian has been inching eastward as it continues to maul the Bahamas.

At 7 p.m. EDT Monday, the ferocious storm's center was about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Freeport Grand Bahama Island. That's about 5 miles (8 kilometers) farther east than it was at 4 p.m.

But its wind speeds remained at 145 mph (230 kph), where they had been for much of the afternoon. That was down from 155 mph (250 kph) earlier in the day.

On Sunday, Dorian blasted the Bahamas with maximum sustained winds of 185 mph (297 kph).

The National Hurricane center said Dorian is expected to move "dangerously close" to the Florida east coast late Monday through Wednesday evening and then move north to coastal Georgia and South Carolina on Wednesday night and Thursday.

The latest models for Hurricane Dorian as of 7 p.m. Sept. 2.

6:10 p.m.

American Airlines says it has canceled 375 flights through Wednesday due to Hurricane Dorian.

The Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier said flights were canceled because operations have been suspended at seven airports it flies to in Florida and the Bahamas. It said there could be additional issues and delays throughout the week at other East Coast airports.

To help people evacuate, American is capping single-leg, main cabin fares at $499 from all cities covered by travel alerts in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. It's also waiving fees for bags and pets.

6 p.m.

Walt Disney World will close early because of Hurricane Dorian.

Disney World officials said Monday that its four theme parks will close by 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

The theme park resort also plans to close its water park, miniature golf courses and its restaurants and shops at Disney Springs by 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

Disney World officials say its resorts will remain open.

Its campground will close at 3 p.m. Tuesday and stay closed until the hurricane passes near the Florida coast. Guests at the campground will be relocated to other resorts at Disney World.

5:50 p.m.

Florida's busiest airport is going to close for Hurricane Dorian.

Officials at Orlando International Airport said Monday that commercial operations at the airport would cease at 2 a.m. Tuesday.

Airport officials say wind speeds at the airport could reach up to 45 mph (72.4 kph), preventing the safe operation of the airport's people mover system.

Uncertainty about the hurricane's path and the need to make storm preparations also contributed to the decision.

The airport had originally been set to close at 2 a.m. Monday, but airport officials rescinded that plan as the hurricane slowed down and its projected path shifted more north.

Some 47.7 million passengers traveled through the airport last year.
 

5:25 p.m.

Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis says at least five people have died in the Abaco Islands as Hurricane Dorian continues to pound the region as a Category 4 storm.

Minnis said Monday that there are also people in nearby Great Bahama island who are in serious distress. He said rescue crews will respond to calls for help as soon as weather conditions allow.

He said many homes and buildings have been severely damaged or destroyed.

He said: "We are in the midst of a historic tragedy."

The storm remained stationary over Grand Bahama late Monday afternoon with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph.

5 p.m.

The newest update for Hurricane Dorian shows the storm is almost stationary, moving at 1 mph with wind speeds at 145 mph. The track released at 5 p.m. shows that Florida is nearly out of the cone of uncertainty, with the exception of some cities on Central Florida's east coast. Orange County is now entirely out of the cone. 

"The path of projected movement is now about 45 to 50 miles off the coast of the Cape. The farther it will jog, or we believe it will jog to the east, the better the forecast will become for you. You still have to remain vigilant, sometimes these hurricanes do things we don't expect them to do," News 6 chief meteorologist Tom Sorrells said.

The storm is currently 105 miles east of West Palm Beach.

These watches and warnings are currently in place:

A storm surge warning is in effect for

  • Lantana to Altamaha Sound

A storm surge watch is in effect for...

  • North of Deerfield Beach to south of Lantana
  • Altamaha Sound to South Santee River

A hurricane warning is in effect for

  • Grand Bahama and the Abacos Islands in the northwestern Bahamas
  • Jupiter Inlet to Ponte Vedra Beach

A hurricane watch is in effect for

  • North of Deerfield Beach to Jupiter Inlet
  • North of Ponte Vedra Beach to South Santee River

A tropical storm warning is in effect for

  • North of Deerfield Beach to Jupiter Inlet

A tropical storm watch is in effect for

  • North of Golden Beach to Deerfield Beach
  • Lake Okeechobee

4 p.m.

Hurricane Dorian's ferocious winds have weakened just a bit as the storm hovers over the Bahamas and gives the islands a merciless pounding.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said at 4 p.m. Monday that the Category 4 storm's maximum sustained winds fell to 145 mph (233 kph), down from 155 mph (250 kph) earlier in the day.

On Sunday, Dorian blasted the Bahamas with maximum sustained winds of 185 mph (297 kph) and gusts up to 220 mph (354 kph), tying the record for the most powerful Atlantic hurricane to ever make landfall.

The storm was expected to slowly move northeast, but on Monday afternoon it remained about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Freeport, Grand Bahama island. It was about 105 miles (170 kilometers) east of West Palm Beach.

The center said Dorian is expected to move "dangerously close" to the Florida east coast late Monday through Wednesday evening and then move north to coastal Georgia and South Carolina on Wednesday night and Thursday.

3 p.m.

President Donald Trump was receiving hourly updates on Hurricane Dorian while at his private Virginia golf club, according to White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham.

Trump spent several hours at the club on Labor Day.

The president has also been retweeting storm updates issued by the National Hurricane Center.

Trump participated in a briefing on Dorian at the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Washington headquarters on Sunday.

Dorian was hovering over the Bahamas on Monday after pummeling the islands with winds topping 150 mph (240 kph).

Forecasters say the hurricane is likely to begin pulling away from the Bahamas early Tuesday and curving to the northeast parallel to the U.S. Southeast seaboard.

Trump has declared emergencies in the southeastern states of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

Hurricane Dorian track.

 2:30 p.m.

Delta Air Lines says a flight from Atlanta to Nassau, Bahamas, was forced to turn back because of high crosswind speeds.

Delta says Flight 337, which had 42 customers on board, took off just before 10 a.m. EDT Monday because forecasts showed crosswinds within limits and Nassau's airport was open. But wind speeds increased while the flight was en route, so it returned to Atlanta.

Delta said it would offer hotel rooms for those customers and rebook them on a Tuesday flight. The airline also said that all remaining Delta flights to or from the Bahamas on Monday have been canceled.

Hurricane Dorian computer models.

2 p.m.

Hurricane Dorian remains powerful and destructive as it hovers over Grand Bahama island but is showing signs of slight weakening.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said at 2 p.m. that the Category 4 storm's maximum sustained winds fell to 150 mph (240 kph), down from 155 mph (250 kph) earlier in the day.

On Sunday, Dorian blasted the Bahamas with maximum sustained winds of 185 mph (297 kph) and gusts up to 220 mph (354 kph), tying the record for the most powerful Atlantic hurricane to ever make landfall.

The storm continued to creep westward at 1 mph (2 kph). Its center was located about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Freeport, Grand Bahama island. It was about 105 miles (170 kilometers) east of West Palm Beach.

The center said Dorian is expected to move "dangerously close" to the Florida east coast late Monday through Wednesday evening and then move north to coastal Georgia and South Carolina on Wednesday night and Thursday.

Hurricane Dorian satellite.

12:30 p.m.

Georgia's governor is urging coastal residents to flee ahead of Hurricane Dorian, citing the storm's powerful winds and uncertain path.

Republican Gov. Brian Kemp told reporters Monday in Savannah: "This is not one to play with."

It was Kemp's first news conference since late Sunday when he ordered mandatory evacuations in all six counties that make up Georgia's 100-mile (161-kilometer) coastline.

Kemp said those living on Georgia's barrier islands especially ought to flee, warning that emergency responders may not be able to reach them if causeways are underwater or blocked by debris.

Georgia officials plan to turn Interstate 16 linking Savannah and Macon into a one-way evacuation route Tuesday. The state Department of Transportation is asking motorists to consider alternate routes in anticipation of additional evacuation traffic from Florida and South Carolina.

12:20 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.

Minister of State Kwasi Thompson told ZNS Bahamas radio station Monday that officials were getting a tremendous number of calls from people in distress as the powerful Category 4 storm slowed to almost a standstill.

Police Chief Samuel Butler urged people to remain calm and said rescue crews could not help anyone at the moment because of the storm's maximum sustained winds of 155 mph (250 kph).

"We simply cannot get to you," he said.

Dorian also is expected to cause a storm surge of up to 23 feet (7 meters) as ZNS radio station shared reports from callers saying some people were stuck on roofs and other areas.

12:10 p.m.

Palm Beach International Airport is closed as Hurricane Dorian approaches the Florida coast, and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is scheduled to close soon.

The Palm Beach airport closed Monday morning and the Fort Lauderdale airport announced it would do the same at noon. They are two of the three major airports serving South Florida.

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

Dorian crawled to a near stop as a Category 4 storm with 155 mph (250 kph) winds in the Bahamas and was about 110 miles (180 kph) east of West Palm Beach, Florida, on Monday at 11 a.m. EDT.

12 p.m.

Category 4 Hurricane Dorian has begun turning, according to the latest advisory from the National Hurricane. The storm, which is currently battering Grand Bahama Island, is moving west-northwest at 1 mph. 

The storm, which is located about 170 miles east of West Palm Beach, has maximum sustained winds of 155 mph with gusts up to 190 mph. Storm surge 18 to 23 feet above normal tide levels is also expected, with higher destructive waves.

Hazardous conditions are expected to continue over Grand Bahama Island during most of Monday as the storm continues its slow crawl toward Florida's coast.

11:25 a.m.

President Donald Trump has approved emergency declarations for Georgia and South Carolina due to Hurricane Dorian.

Trump approved the declarations on Sunday. The White House announced them Monday.

The declarations authorize the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief efforts.

Trump was briefed on the hurricane during a visit to FEMA headquarters in Washington on Sunday.

The president urged everyone in Dorian's path to obey warnings and evacuation orders issued by local authorities, saying public safety "must always come first."

Trump approved an emergency declaration for Florida on Friday.

11 a.m.

Weather forecasters say Hurricane Dorian's winds have decreased slightly, downgrading the system a powerful Category 4 storm.

The storm is sitting over Grand Bahama Island and has maximum sustained winds of 155 mph with higher gusts. 

According to the 11 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center, the storm was 110 miles east of West Palm Beach and was moving west toward Florida at 1 mph.

With the latest advisory, storm surge and hurricane warnings have been extended northward along Florida's east coast to the Flagler/Volusia County line.

A storm surge warning means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, during the next 36 hours in the indicated locations.

A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion, according to the Hurricane Center.

10 a.m.

Hurricane Dorian is sitting over the Grand Bahama Island with life-threatening winds and storm surge.

The Category 5 storm has maximum sustained winds of 160 mph and higher gusts of up to 200 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. Forecasters said residents can expect to see storm surge 18 to 23 feet above normal tide levels with higher destructive waves.

As of 10 a.m., the storm was 115 miles east of West Palm Beach and was crawling west at 1 mph. 

The hazardous conditions are expected to continue over Grand Bahama Island during most of Monday and could cause extreme destruction on the island, according to the hurricane center.

 

8 a.m.

Dorian continues to crawl toward the west near 1 mph, with sustained winds of 165 mph.

A slow westward to west-northwestward motion is forecast during the next day or so, followed by a gradual turn toward the northwest and north.

On this track, the core of extremely dangerous Hurricane Dorian will continue to pound Grand Bahama Island through much of Monday.

The hurricane is expected to move dangerously close to the Florida east coast Monday night through Wednesday evening.

7:10 a.m.

Nearly 1,000 flights have been canceled in Florida on Labor Day as Hurricane Dorian barrels toward the U.S. East Coast.

The flight tracking site FlightAware on Monday listed 990 cancellations into or out of airports in Orlando, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and Palm Beach.

As of 7 a.m. Monday, the center of the Category 5 storm was about 35 miles (56 kilometers) east-northeast of Freeport on Grand Bahama and 120 miles (193 kilometers) east of West Palm Beach. Top sustained winds remain at 165 mph (265 kph).

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says that although the official forecast does not show Dorian making landfall in Florida, the hurricane could deviate from that prediction and move very near or over the coast.

The center also said the likelihood was increasing of strong winds and dangerous storm surge along the coasts of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina later this week.

6:10 a.m.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says the eye of Hurricane Dorian is "wobbling" over the Bahamas' northernmost island.

Still, residents of Grand Bahama are advised to remain in their shelters, as dangerous winds will pick back up once the eye passes.

As of around 6 a.m. Monday, the center of the storm was around 35 miles (56 kilometers) east-northeast of Freeport on Grand Bahama and 120 miles (193 kilometers) east of West Palm Beach, Florida.

Top sustained winds remain at 165 mph (265 kph) and the Category 5 storm continues to inch west at just 1 mph (1.6 kph).

Dorian is expected to continue lashing the Bahamas on Monday, before moving closer to the southeastern U.S. coast Monday night through Wednesday evening.

5 a.m.

Hurricane Dorian remains a Category 5 storm as it slowly moves to the west toward Florida.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the Category 5 storm's top sustained winds remain at 165 mph (265 kph) Monday morning, down Sunday's high of 185 mph (297 kph). The center of the storm is around 40 miles (65 kilometers) east of Grand Bahama's largest city, Freeport, and 115 miles (185 kilometers) east of West Palm Beach.

Most of the east coast of Florida and parts of Central Florida remain in the cone of uncertainty.

The newest advisory indicates that the east-central coast of Florida may experience a "brief tornado" Monday afternoon or evening.

The government of the Bahamas has discontinued the hurricane warning for New Providence and Eleuthera, and the hurricane watch for Andros island.

4:10 a.m.

Hurricane Dorian is crawling westward at just 1 mph (1.6 kph) as it lashes the northern Bahamas with destructive winds.

According to a 4 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center in Miami, the Category 5 storm's top sustained winds have decreased to 165 mph (265kph).

The center of the storm remains around 40 miles (65 kilometers) east of Grand Bahama's largest city, Freeport. It's also around 125 miles (200 kilometers) east of West Palm Beach, Florida.

The update says Grand Bahama is "being lashed incessantly with destructive hurricane-force winds."

The hurricane is expected to continue battering Grand Bahama through Monday, before moving close to Florida's coast Monday night through Wednesday evening.

3:10 a.m.

Hurricane Dorian's eye is crawling over the Bahamas' northernmost island, but residents are warned not to leave their shelters.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Dorian's top sustained winds have further decreased to 170 mph (275 kph). The Category 5's movement has slowed to a 2 mph (4 kph) crawl westward.

The 3 a.m. Sunday advisory warns residents on Grand Bahama to remain in their shelters as the eye passes over, as winds will rapidly pick back up once the eye moves.

Residents of the islands where the hurricane first hit are also advised to remain in their shelters until conditions improve later Monday.

The center of the storm is around 40 miles (65 kilometers) east of Grand Bahama's largest city, Freeport. It's also around 125 miles (200 kilometers) east of West Palm Beach, Florida.

2:10 a.m.

Hurricane Dorian has weakened slightly as it batters the northern Bahamas but the National Hurricane Center in Miami says the Category 5 storm still remains "extremely dangerous."

As of 2 a.m. Monday, the storm had top sustained winds of 175 mph (280 kph) and was moving westward at 5 mph (7 kph). The storm is currently pounding the Bahamas' northernmost island, Grand Bahama, and is centered about 40 miles (65 kilometers) east of the island's largest city, Freeport, and 125 miles (200 kilometers) east of West Palm Beach, Florida.

The hurricane is expected to continue battering Grand Bahama through Monday, before moving "dangerously close" to the Florida coast Monday night through Wednesday evening.

The hurricane center forecasts further weakening at a slow pace, but the hurricane is expected to remain "powerful" over the next few days.

1:25 a.m.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says catastrophic storm-surge flooding is likely occurring on the Bahamas' northernmost island, Grand Bahama.

The 1 a.m. Monday update continued to characterize the situation created by the Category 5 Hurricane Dorian as "life-threatening."

The hurricane's westward movement has slightly slowed down to 5 mph (7 kph). The center of the storm remains around 45 miles (70 kilometers) east of Freeport on Grand Bahama and around 130 miles (210 kilometers) east of West Palm Beach, Florida.

Residents of the Abacos and Grand Bahama islands are still advised to remain in their shelters. Hazards of wind gusts at 200 mph (320 kph) and storm surge 18 to 23 feet (5.5 to 7 meters) above normal tide levels are forecast to "cause extreme destruction" and continue for several hours.

12:05 a.m.

Destructive winds from Hurricane Dorian are spreading across the Bahamas' northernmost island.

The National Hurricane Center characterized the situation as "life-threatening" in a midnight Sunday statement. Residents of Grand Bahama, where the hurricane has made landfall, are encouraged not to leave their shelters when the eye of the hurricane passes over.

Residents of the Abacos, where Dorian first hit, are advised to remain in their shelters until conditions subside later Monday.

The statement warns of wind gusts at 200 mph (320 kph) and storm surge 18 to 23 feet (5.5 to 7 meters) above normal tide levels that "will cause extreme destruction."

The center of the storm is around 45 miles (70 kilometers) east of Freeport on Grand Bahama and around 130 miles (210 kilometers) east of West Palm Beach, Florida.

12 a.m.

In a slow, relentless advance, a catastrophic Hurricane Dorian keeps pounding at the northern Bahamas, as one of the strongest Atlantic storms ever recorded leaves wrecked homes, shredded roofs, tumbled cars and toppled power poles in its wake.

The storm's top sustained winds have decreased slightly to 180 mph (290 kph) while it spun along Grand Bahama island early Monday in what forecasters say will be a daylong assault. Earlier, Dorian churned over Abaco island with battering winds and surf during Sunday.

There is little information from the affected islands, though officials expect many residents to be left homeless. Most people went to shelters as the storm approached, with tourist hotels shutting down and residents boarded up their homes.