Hurricane Dorian: Watches, warnings issued in Central Florida

East Coast cities expected to feel impact

A man stands on a store's roof as he works to prepare it for the arrival of Hurricane Dorian in Freeport on Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019. Hurricane Dorian intensified yet again Sunday as it closed in on the northern Bahamas, threatening to batter islands with Category 5-strength winds, pounding waves and torrential rain. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

ORLANDO, Fla.Hurricane Dorian is inching along Florida's eastern coast and as it moves closer, residents living in coastal cities are expected to feel its impact.

On Sunday, The National Hurricane Center began issuing watches and warnings for the mainland United States. The number of advisories could increase Tuesday and Wednesday as the storm skirts along the coast.

Anyone living in the affected areas is urged to be prepared, follow any evacuation orders that are given and check with local emergency management agencies for other critical information.

Below is a summary of watches and warnings in place. This story will be updated each time the National Hurricane Center issues a new update or the National Weather Service issues a new advisory.

As of the NHC's latest advisory, the following watches and warnings were in effect:

Storm surge warning:

  • Sebastian Inlet, Florida to Surf City, North Carolina

Storm surge watch:

  • North of Surf City, North Carolina to Poquoson Virginia, including Hampton Roads
  • Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds
  • Neuse and Pamlico Rivers

Hurricane warning:

  • Volusia/Brevard County, Florida line to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
  • North of Savannah River to Surf City, North Carolina

Hurricane watch:

  • North of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida to Savannah River
  • North of Surf City, North Carolina to the North Carolina/Virginia border
  • Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds

Tropical storm warning:

  • Sebastian Inlet, Florida to the Volusia/Brevard County, Florida line
  • North of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida to Savannah River

Tropical storm watch:

  • The North Carolina/Virginia border to Chincoteague, Virginia
  • Chesapeake Bay from Smith Point southward

The National Hurricane Center provided the following definitions for each watch and warning.

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. For a depiction of areas at risk, please see the National Weather Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic, available at hurricanes.gov.  This is a life-threatening situation. Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other dangerous conditions. Promptly follow evacuation orders and other instructions from local officials.

A storm surge watch means there is a possibility of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland from the coastline in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours.

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.

A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical storm force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.

A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area within 36 hours.

A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.

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