Hurricane Dorian descends on US
MIAMI -- Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 storm, is moving across the Bahamas after making landfall on the Abaco Islands. Dorian is crawling northwestward at a pace of 3 mph, which is a walking speed.
Broward County schools will close Tuesday
Schools in Broward County, Florida will be closed on Tuesday, Mayor Mark Bogen said Sunday.
The county remains under a tropical storm watch. Officials are also asking residents to conserve fuel at this time.
Here are more updates the mayor gave the community at a press conference this afternoon:
- The court house will be closed on Tuesday.No bus service for Monday; to be determined if they will be back on Tuesday.
- Government buildings, including libraries and parks, will be closed on Tuesday.
- As of 2 p.m. ET today, the county has four special needs shelters open.
Jacksonville to order mandatory evacuations starting Monday
A local state of emergency will go into effect at midnight in the city of Jacksonville.
Mandatory evacuations for zones A and B in the city will take effect at 8 a.m. Monday.
All city and government offices and Duvall County schools will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
Neptune, Jacksonville and Atlantic Beach will be closed starting tonight. St. Johns River water taxi has suspended service starting on Sunday.
City bridges will close when winds reach 40 mph. Shelters will open Monday at 10 a.m.
In Jacksonville Beach, Florida, the mayor is expecting a curfew.
The sale of alcohol will be suspended in a few hours pending an announcement.
Florida's St. Lucie County has roughly 210 people in shelters
St. Lucie County has about 210 people in shelters, Howard Tipton, St. Lucie County administrator, said Sunday afternoon.
"In the special needs shelter we have about 40 to 45 people," Tipton said in a Facebook Live press conference.
Local government agencies will remain closed through Thursday, Tipton said. The Emergency Operation Center is currently at level 2, and will go to level 1 — the highest level of activation — tomorrow at 8 a.m. ET.
Florida school districts announce closures ahead of hurricane landfall
School closures around Florida continue as Hurricane Dorian approaches the US.
Miami-Dade Schools will close Tuesday, according to a press conference officials held Sunday.
Both Duval County Public Schools and St. Johns County Public Schools will close Tuesday and Wednesday, according to websites for both districts.
Brevard Public Schools will be closed through Wednesday, according to a tweet the district sent Sunday afternoon.
New hurricane warnings and watches issued for parts of Florida
A hurricane warning has been issued from the Juniper Inlet to the Volusia/Brevard County line, according to the National Hurricane Center.
A hurricane watch has also been issued for the area stretching from the Volusia/Brevard to the Flagler/Volusia County line.
The new warnings and watches came in the NWS's 5 p.m. ET Dorian update.
In addition, a storm surge warning has been issued from Lantana to the Volusia/Brevard County Line and a storm surge watch has been issued from the Volusia/Brevard County Line to the Flagler/Volusia County Line.
Below is a summary of the watches and warnings currently in effect from the 5 p.m. NHC Advisory:
A storm surge warning is in effect for:
- Lantana to the Volusia/Brevard County Line
A storm surge watch is in effect for:
- North of Deerfield Beach to LantanaVolusia/Brevard County Line to the Flagler/Volusia County Line
A hurricane warning is in effect for:
- Northwestern Bahamas excluding Andros IslandJupiter Inlet to the Volusia/Brevard County Line
A hurricane watch is in effect for:
- Andros IslandNorth of Deerfield Beach to Jupiter InletVolusia/Brevard County Line to the Flagler/Volusia County Line
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 BeachLake Okeechobee