Hurricane Dorian Path Tracker
Forecasters expect Hurricane Dorian to arrive somewhere along the east coast of Florida early on Tuesday morning. But exactly where is still unknown.
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) August 30, 2019
Where the Hurricane Dorian will make Landfall.
As a hurricane approaches, grocery stores in South Florida begin to look like grocery stores in Cuba. I’m trying to buy hotdog buns and this is the entire bread aisle. #HurricaneDorian pic.twitter.com/tOVdpAx64c
— Judge Alex Ferrer (@judgealexferrer) August 30, 2019
Forecasters expect Hurricane Dorian to arrive somewhere along the east coast of Florida early on Tuesday morning. But exactly where is still a mystery, with some prediction models suggesting a direct blow to Central Florida and others projecting the storm to veer north or south.
OVER THE ATLANTIC – This was taken from inside the eye of Hurricane #Dorian today on board #NOAA42 “Kermit”. Latest forecasts and advisories from https://t.co/3phpgKMZaS. Go to https://t.co/u8ijKm2DdS for preparedness tips. #FlyNOAA pic.twitter.com/KAkkBGGYvT
— NOAA Aircraft Operations Center (@NOAA_HurrHunter) August 30, 2019
Miami Beach Commissioner John Elizabeth Alemán captured photos of flooding on Friday.
“It’s not raining and I’m standing in 6 inches of water just based on a king tide and some minor rain. Imagine how these neighbors must be concerned about flooding and evacuation for a tropical storm or hurricane,” Alemán said in a Facebook post.
The flooding is due to the beginning of Florida’s king tides, a term that refers to the highest tides in any given period. These high tides follow a cycle — after all, tides are caused by the moon and follow a predictable pattern.
Federal officials are preparing for “a major impact” from Hurricane Dorian and are planning a two-prong plan for staging responders in different parts of Florida, according to FEMA Associate Administrator Jeffrey Byard.
“We are looking in coordination with the state, kind of attacking this storm, if you will, from two prongs,” Byard told reporters on a conference call Friday.
Here’s how he explained the two parts:
- He said FEMA will have resources in the southern part of the state that can then follow the storm if it should hit central
- “We’ll definitely have resources in the northern part of the state that can collapse down,” he added.
With landfall several days out, Byard noted there is “uncertainty” and that the agency is preparing for “a multi-state impact” should the impacted stretch northward “into Georgia and the Carolinas.”
#HurricaneDorian is now a MAJOR hurricane heading towards FL.
Make your preparations now, follow instructions by local officials and stay safe.
— Fla. AG Ashley Moody (@AGAshleyMoody) August 30, 2019
Here are the key takeaways:
- No evacuations have been ordered at this time.
- Three FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Teams are on standby.
- Tennessee is sending six swift water rescue teams in preparation of the storm.
- The Florida Highway Patrol is conducting a mission to provide various fuel escorts to communities in need at this time.
- Florida transit officials have announced that the I-595 Express lanes will operate in the westbound direction beginning at 3 p.m. ET today until Hurricane Dorian has passed. Eastbound traffic will continue to use the general-purpose eastbound lanes throughout this period
Hurricane Dorian Current Path and Position
BREAKING: Orlando International Airport says they will cease commercial flight operation at 2 a.m. Monday due to Hurricane #Dorian; passengers advised to contact their airlines for flight information and schedules pic.twitter.com/21yPCm6YNL
— News Breaking LIVE (@NewsBreaking) August 30, 2019
The latest forecast for Hurricane Dorian shows the storm slowing and strengthening as it continues to lurch toward a catastrophic landfall in Florida.
At 2 p.m. EDT on Friday, Dorian was located 445 miles east of the northwest Bahamas and about 625 miles east of West Palm Beach in Florida. It was a Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph and was moving northwest at 10 mph.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the hurricane is “extremely dangerous” and poses a significant threat to Florida and the northwestern Bahamas.
|Category||Sustained Winds||Types of Damage Due to Hurricane Winds|
|Very dangerous winds will produce some damage: Well-constructed frame homes could have damage to roof, shingles, vinyl siding and gutters. Large branches of trees will snap and shallowly rooted trees may be toppled. Extensive damage to power lines and poles likely will result in power outages that could last a few to several days.|
|Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage: Well-constructed frame homes could sustain major roof and siding damage. Many shallowly rooted trees will be snapped or uprooted and block numerous roads. Near-total power loss is expected with outages that could last from several days to weeks.|
|Devastating damage will occur: Well-built framed homes may incur major damage or removal of roof decking and gable ends. Many trees will be snapped or uprooted, blocking numerous roads. Electricity and water will be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm passes.|
|Catastrophic damage will occur: Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.|
|157 mph or higher
137 kt or higher
252 km/h or higher
|Catastrophic damage will occur: A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last for weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.|