ORLANDO, Fla. - Hurricane Dorian is now a Category 3 storm and it continues to be stationary over the Bahamas with winds that have decreased to 125 mph. Dorian is expected to start moving again later on Tuesday to the north and stay between 60 to 70 miles from the east Central Florida coast.
Channel 9 Eyewitness News meteorologists are tracking the storm live online and on-air. Read live updates below:
1:30 a.m. update: Dorian continues to weaken, but remains a powerful hurricane. Maximum sustained winds are now at 125 mph, making it a Category 3 Hurricane. It will continue to gradually weaken. It is still stationary over the northern Bahamas.
1:30 a.m. actualizacion: Dorian ahora tiene vientos de 125 mph lo cual lo hace un huracán categoría 3 y continuará debilitandose, poco a poco. Resumirá su movimiento hoy martes. Aun continúa estacionado sobre la porción norte de las Bahamas.
11:48 p.m. update MONDAY: Why has Dorian stalled over the Bahamas? George Waldenberger explains:
11:00 p.m. update MONDAY: Dorian remains a Category 4 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds coming down to 130 mph and pressure steadily rising now at 946 millibars. Although gradual weakening is forecast, Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during the next couple of days. It will start moving north by Tuesday at noon. Right now the track has shifted a bit more east, with its center now expected to be over 60 miles from the Brevard coast.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 150 miles.
11 pm lunes: La trayectoria de Dorian cambió un poco más al Este, su centro se espera que pase a más de 60 millas de la costa de Brevard.
Vientos de la fuerza del huracán se extienden hacia el exterior hasta 45 millas del centro y vientos de la fuerza tropical de tormenta se extienden hacia fuera hasta 150 millas.
Dorian continuará debilitándose, ahora tiene vientos de 130 mph. Esperamos resuma su movimiento al norte a partir del martes cerca del medio día.
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9:45 p.m. update MONDAY: Another man has been arrested for allegedly looting in Daytona Beach, according to officials in Daytona Beach Shores. Officials said 32-year-old Jeremy Crouter attempted to enter 17 hotels or condominiums by checking door handles to see if the rooms were unsecured.
Crouter was later located on South Atlantic Avenue and resisted arrested before being taken into custody, officials said. He faces charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, burglary and possession of methamphetamine.
9:00 p.m. update MONDAY: The National Hurricane Center released their 9 p.m. update and they continue to advise Grand Bahama Island residents to remain in shelter as they are currently experiencing the eyewall of Dorian. Conditions subside later tonight in Abaco. Wind gusts currently sit at 165 mph and a storm surge between 12-18 feet above normal tide levels with higher waves. Dorian is not expected to move much until Tuesday morning.
8:46 p.m. update MONDAY: Two men have been arrested for looting sandbags in Daytona Beach ahead of Hurricane Dorian, according to deputies. Their arrests mark the first ahead of the storm and enhanced penalties will be in effect during a state of emergency, according to Sheriff Mike Chitwood.
8:00 p.m. update MONDAY: Hurricane Dorian's winds have decreased to 140 mph as it remains stationary north of Grand Bahama.
7:30 p.m. update MONDAY: All Wells Fargo branches in Orange, Osceola, Lake, Sumter, Seminole and Polk counties will be closed for Tuesday ahead of Hurricane Dorian's arrival. Customers will still be able to use ATMs or bank online using Well Fargo's website.
7:00 p.m. update MONDAY: A flood advisory has been issued for Brevard County.
7:00 p.m. update MONDAY: The ride-sharing app Uber plans to suspend operations in Brevard County at midnight before Hurricane Dorian's arrival. The service's suspension also means they will no longer be able to provide free rides to open shelters and will resume once conditions improve.
For more on Uber's updates ahead of Hurricane Dorian, click here.
6:30 p.m. update MONDAY: SeaWorld Orlando and Discovery Cove has announced the theme parks will be closed Tuesday, September 3 ahead of Hurricane Dorian.
6:27 p.m. update MONDAY: Delta Air Lines said a flight was forced to turn back from landing in Nassau, Bahamas due to high crosswind speeds. The flight, which had 42 customers on board coming from Atlanta, took off just before 10 a.m. Officials said when the flight took off, Nassau's airport was open with winds that were within flying limits. The airline was forced to turn back to Atlanta, and the airline offered hotel rooms for passengers and would rebook them on a later flight.
5:40 p.m. update MONDAY: Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said that at least five people have died in the Abaco Islands after Hurricane Dorian struck the region, according to the Associated Press. Minnis also said that there are people in the Great Bahama island who are in "great distress."
Minnis said that rescue crews will respond to calls as soon as the weather conditions allow.
5:30 p.m. update MONDAY: Disney Parks have updated their park hours ahead of Hurricane Dorian to the following:
- Magic Kingdom Park: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Park opens at 7 a.m.)
- Epcot: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Disney Hollywood Studios: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Park opens at 6 a.m.)
- Disney's Animal Kingdom 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Park opens at 7 a.m.)
- Disney Springs: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- ESPN Wide World of Sports: Closed
- Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park: Closed
- Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Winter Summerland Miniature Golf: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Fantasia's Garden Miniature Golf: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
You can find additional information on the parks here.
5:00 p.m. update MONDAY: Dorian is now stationary just north of Freeport, Bahamas. The winds have come down a bit to 145 mph. Pressure is at 940 millibars. Expect Dorian to continue as a major category 4 hurricane during the next 6-12 hours and then coming down to Category 3 as it nears the eastern Central Florida coast on Tuesday.
Shallow waters are not able to contain as much heat, so essentially there is less fuel for this system to intensify. Also, there is a small amount fo wind shear that will interact with the storm, keeping it from intensifying. The latest track shows a slight shift to the east. Dorian is expected to turn to the north-northwest on Tuesday.
5:00 PM Lunes update: Estacionario sobre las Bahamas. Las aguas, poco profundas, no son capaces de mantener tanto calor, por lo que hay, esencialmente, menos combustible para que se intensifique. Cizalladura de viento también evitara intensificación. Trayectoria se ajusta un poco al este, buenas noticias para Florida Central. Esperamos que resuma su movimiento al nor-noroeste el martes
4:23 p.m. update MONDAY: Officials with the Orlando International Airport announced that the airport will close after its last flight Tuesday morning at 2 a.m. This comes after the airport announced it would remain open ahead of Hurricane Dorian.
3: 55 p.m. update MONDAY: Officials with Florida A & M University have announced that Orlando's FAMU College of Law will remain closed through Wednesday and resume operations on Thursday, September 5.
3:25 p.m. update MONDAY: The Florida Highway Patrol has announced 1,400 troopers will be dispatched in the eastern portion of Florida to help with weather conditions and monitor traffic.
Troopers have been assigned at each of the 8 service plazas on the Florida Turnpike to help expedite service at fuel pumps and to provide security.
2: 50 p.m. update MONDAY: Officials at the University of Central Florida have announced the university will remain closed through Thursday.
The school will open a ride-out location at 8 a.m. Tuesday for students living in select residence halls. For updated information from the university, click here.
2: 45 p.m. update MONDAY: American Airlines has announced it will cancel operations at the following Central Florida airports:
- Daytona Beach International Airport -- Operations expected to resume September 4
- Orlando Melbourne International Airport -- Operations expected to resume September 4
2 p.m. update MONDAY: A mandatory beach side curfew in Flagler County has been extended to 7 a.m. Tuesday. Officials issued the 7 p.m. curfew for the entire county on Saturday.
1:30 p.m. update MONDAY: Osceola County officials approved a curfew that will go into effect at 11 p.m. Tuesday until 6 a.m. Wednesday.
1 p.m. update MONDAY: "The storm is tracking dangerously close to our coast, and I can not rule out a direct hit to our state," Severe Weather Center 9 meteorologist Brian Shields.
Sheriff John Mina said Orange County will decide on a curfew later Monday or Tuesday.
12:50 p.m. update MONDAY: Wind and rain is picking up along the Florida Coast. Skywitness 9 caught video of people with waves crashing over them on the jetty, while reporter Christopher Heath captured wind gusts on Daytona Beach.
12:30 p.m. update MONDAY: Seminole County shelters are now open. Locations are below:
Seminole County has four general population shelters (one of which is pet friendly) and three special needs shelters (one of which is pet friendly).
GENERAL POPULATION SHELTERS
- Crystal Lake Elementary (231 Rinehart Rd., Lake Mary)
- Lyman High School – Pet-Friendly (855 S Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood)
- Lawton Chiles Middle School (1240 Sanctuary Dr., Oviedo)
- Midway Elementary School (2368 Brisson Ave., Sanford)
SPECIAL NEEDS SHELTERS
- Bentley Elementary – Pet-Friendly (2190 S Oregon Ave., Sanford)
- Layer Elementary (4201 FL-419, Winter Springs)
- Highlands Elementary (1600 Shepard Rd., Winter Springs)
12:25 p.m. update MONDAY: Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he is suspending additional tolls across Florida. Click here to read the list of roads impacted.
12:20 p.m. update MONDAY: The outermost rainband from Hurricane Dorian are beginning to move into Central Florida.
11:25 a.m. update MONDAY: Channel 9 meteorologist Rusty McCranie said the rain totals forecast to fall in Central Florida depend greatly on how close to the coast the storm gets.
Comparison of forecast rain totals in Central Florida from Dorian. You can see what a subtle track shift could bring us. The GFS is approx. 20 miles closer to our coast than the EURO, and that would bring us double the rain. pic.twitter.com/4p5tL2BfGH— Rusty McCranie (@RMcCranieWFTV) September 2, 2019
11 a.m. update MONDAY: Channel 9 meteorologist Brian Shields said the 11 a.m. track still has the storm scraping the Florida coast with Central Florida still in the forecast cone.
"I still can't rule out a Florida landfall," he said.
The new track does take Dorian down to a Category 4 storm with 155 mph winds. The storm is still moving at just 1 mph west toward Florida.
NEW TRACK: This is basically a continuation of the old one, as expected. No changes. This would keep the center offshore of Cape Canaveral, but about 50 miles. Any change more to the west, would bring hurricane impacts farther inland. Live on Channel 9. pic.twitter.com/A6779m4F2i— Brian Shields (@BrianShieldsTV) September 2, 2019
10:30 a.m. update MONDAY: Many Central Florida schools announced they will remain closed through Wednesday. Click here to read the latest school closures.
9:25 a.m. update MONDAY: Channel 9 meteorologist Rusty McCranie said the latest track has Hurricane Dorian passing roughly 50 miles off of Florida's east coast.
Up close projected path of Dorian. This track has Dorian ~50 miles off our coast. Going from a category 5 today, to a 4 tomorrow and a 3 by Wednesday morning. That is still major hurricane strength and staying a very dangerous storm. pic.twitter.com/gk7tMgYg3k— Rusty McCranie (@RMcCranieWFTV) September 2, 2019
8 a.m. update MONDAY: Channel 9 meteorologist Rusty McCranie said not much changed in Hurricane Dorian's 8 a.m. track. The storm is still moving very slowly at 1 mph over the Bahamas.
He said the storm is expected to weaken a bit Monday. As of 8 a.m. its winds were holding steady at 165 mph.
8am Dorian update: No real change as powerful hurricane Dorian sits over Grand Bahama. A general, very slow move NW is expected and Dorian should weaken a bit roday. pic.twitter.com/CSwrqJ1iPt— Rusty McCranie (@RMcCranieWFTV) September 2, 2019
A 4-7 foot storm surge is expected along our coast. pic.twitter.com/PFz4ojjZzv— Rusty McCranie (@RMcCranieWFTV) September 2, 2019
7:30 a.m. update MONDAY: The eye of Dorian is now 140 miles from the Brevard County coast.
The eye of Dorian is now 140 miles from the Brevard County coast. pic.twitter.com/NW00ZugLvr— Rusty McCranie (@RMcCranieWFTV) September 2, 2019
7 a.m. update MONDAY: "This remains anything from a 'big miss' to 'riding right up the coast' – so we watch," Channel 9 meteorologist Brian Shields said.
6:15 a.m. update MONDAY: The National Hurricane Center said in a tweet that Hurricane Dorian has started "wobbling."
6 a.m. update MONDAY: Channel 9 meteorologist Rusty McCranie said Hurricane Dorian is finally starting to turn northward.
Hurricane Dorian is finally starting to turn north as it moves at just 1 mph.— Rusty McCranie (@RMcCranieWFTV) September 2, 2019
5 a.m. update MONDAY: Channel 9 meteorologist Brian Shields said Hurricane Dorian's wind speeds have dropped to 165 mph as the storm continues to pound the Bahamas as it crawls slowly toward Florida.
The storm is moving only 1 mph, which Shields said is bad for the Bahamas, but good for Florida as it indicates a turn north is possible.
The 5 a.m. track of the storm keeps it just off the Florida coast, but Shields said a direct hit to land or a track right on the coast is still possible.
"We're in that cone for a reason," he said.
In the 5 a.m. update, Osceola County was upgraded to a tropical storm warning, and Brevard County to a hurricane warning. Flagler and Volusia counties remain under a hurricane watch.
5 AM TRACK UPDATE: All is holding. Hurricane conditions possible at the coast. Tropical storm conditions possible inland (gusty winds). This for Tue & Wed. Live on Channel 9! pic.twitter.com/aI9obFIBAS— Brian Shields (@BrianShieldsTV) September 2, 2019
4:20 a.m. update MONDAY: Meteorologist George Waldenberger said the storm is currently moving only 1 mph over the Bahamas as it makes its way slowly toward Florida.
11:55 p.m. update SUNDAY: Pets have already begun their evacuation from Hurricane Dorian, as over 70 dogs and cats from Florida were transported to Michigan late Sunday.
11:00 p.m. update SUNDAY: Dorian is barely moving over the northern Bahamas. Seems like its eye has been trying to go through eyewall replacement cycles which will lead for this storm to start to wobble and expand its wind field. At 11 p.m. the National Hurricane Center released its advisory stating that Dorian continues with powerful strength with 180 mph, and moving to the west at 6 mph.
Hurricane watch extended over coastal Flagler County up to St. Mary’s River. Storm surge watch has also been extended northward, now over Flagler County to the mouth of the St. Mary’s River.
11 p.m domingo actualización: Dorian apenas se mueve sobre el norte de Bahamas. Parece que ha estado tratando de pasar por ciclos de reemplazo de la pared del ojo que conducirán a que esta tormenta comience a tambalearse y expandir su campo de viento. A las 11 pm el Centro Nacional de Huracanes lanzó su aviso afirmando que Dorian continúa con una fuerza poderosa con 180 mph y avanzando hacia el oeste a 6 mph.
La vigilancia de huracanes se extendió sobre el condado costero de Flagler hasta el río St. Mary's. La vigilancia de marejada ciclónica también se ha extendido hacia el norte, ahora para la costa del condado Flagler a la desembocadura del río de Santa María.
HELPFUL LINKS TO HELP YOU PREPARE:
- Are you storm ready? Here's when, where you can get sandbags filled
- Stay informed during a storm: Emergency Operations Centers in Central Florida
- Orlando pet adoption service offering free microchipping in advance of Hurricane Dorian
- New to Florida? 9 helpful tips to get you through a hurricane
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