Hurricane Dorian Updates And Forecasts For South Florida

by Kayla Ziadie Aug 30, 2019 11:22 AM

Updates as of noon on Sept. 5:

  • Hurricane Dorian is officially out of South Florida's path.
  • The Category 2 storm is expected to bring heavy rain, storm surge, winds and tornadoes to North and South Carolina, according to the National Hurricane Center.
  • Donations are being collected throughout South Florida to support Hurricane Dorian victims in the Bahamas.

Updates as of 11 a.m. on Sept. 3:

  • Hurricane Dorian has downsized to a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph, according to the NHC's 11 a.m. advisory.
  • Dorian is moving northwest at 2 mph, and it is currently 105 miles east of Fort Pierce.

Updates as of 10 a.m. on Sept. 3:

  • Publix announced its stores in Palm Beach County will reopen at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4. 
  • Depending on Dorian's path, Publix stores in the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee will reopen at noon on Sept. 4.

Updates as of 8 a.m. on Sept. 3:

  • Hurricane Dorian has lost strength and become a Category 3 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center's 8 a.m. advisory.
  • Dorian is 110 miles east of West Palm Beach, and it has started to move again, inching slowly northwestward at 1 mph.
  • Its maximum sustained winds are 120 mph.
  • Top wind gusts in Jupiter hit 58 mph gusts before 6 a.m., according to the National Weather Service's Miami office
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport will reopen at noon on Sept. 3.

Updates as of 8 p.m. on Sept. 2:

  • Dorian is stationary over Grand Bahama Island and remains 105 miles east of West Palm Beach, according to the NHC's 8 p.m. advisory.
  • South Florida is officially off the Category 4 storm's trajectory as of late Sept. 2.
  • Its maximum sustained winds are 140 mph.
  • The NHC expects Dorian to continue a west-northwestward motion through Monday night; follow a northwest turn starting late Tuesday night; then shift into a northeastward motion by Wednesday night.

Updates as of 2 p.m. on Sept. 2:

  • Hurricane Dorian is 105 miles east of West Palm Beach and continues to hover over Grand Bahama Island, according to the NHC's 2 p.m. advisory.
  • Its maximum sustained winds have lessened to 150 mph, bringing it down to an intense Category 4 storm.
  • Dorian is moving west-northwest at 1 mph.
  • The storm will move extremely close to the Florida east coast from late tonight through Wednesday evening.
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport has closed as of noon.
Hurricane Dorian's trajectory as of 2 p.m. on Sept. 2 / Photo via NHC

Updates as of 8 p.m. on Sept. 1:

  • Dorian is 155 miles east of West Palm Beach with maximum sustained winds consistent at 185 mph, as per the National Hurricane Center's 8 p.m. advisory.
  • Dorian is expected to remain a devastating hurricane throughout the upcoming days, and changes in its intensity are possible.
  • Hurricane-force winds currently extend up to 45 miles from Dorian's center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend up to 140 miles.

Updates as of 5 p.m. on Sept. 1:

  • After its catastrophic landfall in the Bahamas on Sunday, Hurricane Dorian is 175 miles east of West Palm Beach with maximum sustained winds of 185 mph, according to the NHC's 5 p.m. advisory.
  • The intense storm is moving west at 5 mph.
  • Dorian will be extremely close to the Florida east coast from late Monday through Tuesday night.
Hurricane Dorian's trajectory as of 5 p.m. on Sept. 1 / Photo via NHC
  • Broward County, Miami-Dade County, Palm Beach County public schools will be closed on Tuesday, Sept. 3.
  • St. Lucie County schools are closed indefinitely. As of now, Martin and Indian River County schools are closed on Tuesday, Sept. 3.
  • A hurricane warning is in effect from Jupiter Inlet to the Volusia/Brevard County Line; and a hurricane watch is in effect from north of Deerfield Beach to the Jupiter Inlet, and from the Volusia/Brevard County Line to the Flagler/Volusia County Line.
  • There is a tropical storm warning from north of Deerfield Beach to Jupiter Inlet; and a tropical storm watch is in effect from north of Golden Beach to Deerfield Beach as well as Lake Okeechobee.
  • Palm Beach International Airport will stop flights on Monday, Sept. 2, as per airport officials. However, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Miami International Airport are still operational as of now.
  • Gov. DeSantis ordered for tolls to be suspended on Florida’s Turnpike; Alligator Alley; the Sawgrass Expressway (SR 869); the SR 528 Beachline Expressway; SR 417 and SR 429.
  • Mandatory evacuation orders are in effect as of 1 p.m. Sunday for residences in coastal areas of Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties.

Updates as of 10:45 a.m. Sept. 1:

  • Palm Beach County has ordered evacuations for residents in Zone A and B, effective at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1.

  • Zone A includes mobile homes, sub-standard housing and low-lying areas.

  • Zone B includes Palm Beach County's barrier islands, land both north and south of the Jupiter Inlet, and other southern areas susceptible to storm surge along the Intracoastal Waterway.

  • There are seven general population shelters that will open at 1 p.m.: 

Independence Middle School, 4001 Greenway Dr., Jupiter

Palm Beach Gardens High School, 4245 Holly Dr., Palm Beach Gardens

Palm Beach Central High School, 8499 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington

Park Vista High School, 7900 Jog Rd., Lake Worth

Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School, 1501 Avenue U, Riviera Beach

Lakeshore Middle School, 425 W. Canal St. N., Belle Glade

Pahokee Middle School, 850 Larrimore Rd, Pahokee

  • The special needs shelter is located at the South Florida Fairgrounds at 9067 Southern Blvd. in West Palm Beach.
  • A pet-friendly shelter for Palm Beach County residents is located at 6000 Northtree Blvd. in Lake Worth.

Updates as of 8 a.m. on Sept. 1:

  • Hurricane Dorian has strengthened to a Category 5 storm as it closes in on the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama Island, according to the National Hurricane Center's 8 a.m. update.

  • Maximum sustained winds have reached 160 mph. 

  • A tropical storm watch was issued Sunday morning for north of Golden Beach to Deerfield Beach. 

  • A tropical storm warning is in effect for north of Deerfield Beach to the Sebastian Inlet.

  • As of 8 a.m., Dorian was 225 miles east of West Palm Beach and 35 miles east of Great Abaco Island.

Updates as of 8 p.m. on Aug. 31:

  • There is a tropical storm watch in effect from Deerfield Beach up to the Sebastian Inlet.
  • Dorian is 335 miles east of West Palm Beach and 155 miles of Great Abaco in the Bahamas, according to the NHC's 8 p.m. advisory.
  • It remains a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds consistent at 150 mph.
  • Shelter openings in Palm Beach County were delayed due to the storm's current trajectory, but residents should still plan for tropical storm-force winds, flooding and a potential shift in Dorian's track.
  • Mandatory evacuations have been rescinded for Martin County that were supposed to take effect Sunday at 10 a.m. This includes residences on Hutchinson Island, Jupiter Island and Sewall’s Point. The update also applies to residents living in low-lying areas, or manufactured or mobile homes. 
  • Both emergency and special needs shelters are on standby in case weather conditions from Hurricane Dorian require them to open. 

Updates as of 2 p.m. on Aug. 31:

  • Broward and Miami-Dade counties are no longer in Hurricane Dorian's cone of uncertainty, however, it still includes the rest of Florida's east coast to the north. 
  • According to the NHC's 2 p.m. advisory, Hurricane Dorian's maximum sustained winds have stayed at 150 mph.
  • Dorian's path has barely changed, and it still seems to be en route to the Carolinas. 
  • It continues to move westward at 8 mph, and it will keep slowly moving west into early next week.
  • While following this path, the powerful storm's center is likely to move near the Florida east coast late Monday through early Tuesday.
  • Dorian is 385 miles east of West Palm Beach and 205 miles east of Great Abaco in the Bahamas.

Updates as of 11 a.m. on Aug. 31:

  • Hurricane Dorian's trajectory shifted slightly overnight, according to the National Hurricane Center's 8 a.m. update. 
  • Dorian's maximum sustained winds are now 150 mph.
  • Its center could potentially avoid Florida and make landfall by the South Carolina and Georgia border.
  • According to the NHC's 11 a.m. update, Dorian is forecast to slow down and shift north just off the Florida east coast.
  • Hurricane-force winds and life-threatening storm surge along parts of Florida's east coast are still possible by early to mid-next week.
  • The storm is 415 miles east of West Palm Beach and 260 miles east-northeast from the northwestern Bahamas. 
Hurricane Dorian's trajectory as of 11 a.m. on Aug. 31. / Photo via NHC

Updates as of 3:30 a.m. on Aug. 31:

  • The Weather Channel posted a 2 a.m. update on Hurricane Dorian's projected path, saying it is about 400 miles east of the northwestern Bahamas, and it is moving toward west-northwest at around 10 mph.

Updates as of 1:30 a.m. on Aug. 31:

  • Hurricane Dorian is officially a Category 4 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center's 11 p.m. update on Aug. 30, with maximum sustained winds up to 140 mph.
  • Dorian's current forecast shows it making a slight shift northward, which is hopeful for South Florida, although the entire state remains in Dorian's cone of uncertainty.
  • Hurricane-force winds are extending up to 30 miles outward from the storm's center, and tropical-storm-force winds are extending outward up to 105 miles.
  • The storm is about 545 miles east of West Palm Beach and 375 miles east of the northwestern Bahamas, where it is expected to make a catastrophic impact.

Updates as of 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 30:

  • Dorian's projected path on Friday evening has moved north, with a potential landfall just north of Port St. Lucie. From here, it will make a right turn and head up Florida's east coast.
  • The current forecast calls for Dorian to enter Central Florida as either a Category 3 or 4 storm, then it will lose power and become a Category 2 as it moves north to Jacksonville.

Updates as of 2 p.m. on Aug. 30:

  • Dorian has officially strengthened to a Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph, and it is expected to intensify the closer it gets to the Florida peninsula.
  • In a West Palm Beach press conference at noon, Gov. DeSantis said that evacuations are expected, so residents should know their evacuation zone and have a hurricane supply kit.
  • Supplies will keep coming into Florida, and he recommends residents have a seven-day supply of food and water.
  • Once evacuations kick in, Florida highway tolls will be suspended, and shoulder lanes will open to traffic.
  • Florida officials are going out of state to bring more fuel to supply gas stations. Gas Buddy has live information on Florida's fuel availability and station outages.
  • Florida has nearly one million gallons of water and close to two million meals for residents in need.
  • Around 4,000 Florida National Guard members will be mobilized by Saturday to tend to emergencies, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is preparing officers in case of any deployments.
  • Florida's Disaster Fund is officially activated in order to assist communities in need.
  • Earlier today, President Donald Trump declared a statewide emergency. He ordered federal assistance to work alongside state and local efforts that are responding to Dorian.

Updates as of 11:15 a.m. on Aug. 30:

  • Devastating hurricane-force winds and storm surge are likely along parts of Florida's east coast next week, according to the NHC.
  • Dorian is about 660 miles east of West Palm Beach moving northwest at 10 mph, and its maximum sustained winds have stayed at 110 mph.
  • It should begin slowly moving west-northwestward tonight, which will continue into early next week. Following this path, Dorian will move near the Florida peninsula as of late Monday.

Hurricane Dorian is forecast to hit South Florida as an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm with winds up to 140 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

On Thursday, Gov. Ron DeSantis officially declared a state of emergency for all 67 Florida counties. Dorian is a Category 3 storm as of Friday afternoon, and both South and Central Florida are in the middle of its impact zone. Due to its slow speed, both are at a greater risk for impact by wind and rain.

However, Palm Beach County and all of Florida's east coast are in its cone of uncertainty. NHC wind strength forecasts said Thursday that Dorian’s peak winds are expected to reach 130 mph—a Category 4 hurricane's minimum strength—the closer it moves to Florida.

As of the NHC'S 5 a.m. Friday update, it is expected to roll into Florida's southeast coast early Tuesday morning, making landfall just north of West Palm Beach.

The National Hurricane Center updated Dorian's forecast cone as of 11 a.m. Friday:

Hurricane Dorian's trajectory as of 11 a.m. on Aug. 30

At 8 a.m. Friday, Dorian was located about 255 miles northeast of the southeastern Bahamas with maximum sustained winds are 110 mph. Its trajectory shifted to moving northwest at 12 mph.

Hurricane-force winds are extending outward up to 25 miles from its center, with tropical-storm-force winds extending outward up to 105 miles.

Tropical-storm-force winds could start impacting parts of Florida beginning Sunday morning. There is an increased risk of of catastrophic hurricane-force winds along Florida's east coast and peninsula beginning early next week.

It's important to note that Dorian's path isn't set in stone and could still shift. According to the NHC, Dorian's landfall depends on where it makes a left turn.

In planning for the storm, make sure to stock up on water, with at least one gallon per person per day for three to five days, lasting up to two weeks; non-perishable food items, such as canned and packaged food, shelf milk, cereal, snacks, etc.; gas and propane; a five-day supply of baby essentials; cash; batteries; flashlights; and a two-week supply of both over-the-counter and prescription medicines. As of 10 a.m. Friday morning, no shelters are open in Broward County.

Anyone needing assistance before or after the storm due to medical issues, homelessness or other vulnerabilities should call the Broward County emergency hotline at 311 or 954-831-4000. Those with animals should also take extra steps to protect their pets during a hurricane.