Hurricane Dorian is a category 5, with winds of 185 mph.
With another shift towards the east, the model runs over the past 12 hours have also been showing this east shift, which is good news for our area.
The National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm watch from Deerfield Beach, Florida to Sebastian, Florida. The northwestern portion of the Bahamas, excluding Andros Island, are under a hurricane warning. All of Palm Beach County up to Sebastian is under a hurricane watch.
Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Saturday that he wants Florida residents to remain vigilant.
“While the storm’s path is generally more favorable compared to yesterday, we can’t let our guard down,” said Governor DeSantis. “I appreciate the hard work of our local, state and federal emergency management professionals as we continue to do everything necessary to prepare for this storm. Floridians and their families along the East Coast should have a plan and continue to heed all warnings.”
Hurricane-force winds are still at 30 miles from the center, but Tropical Storm force winds are now 105 mph from the center.
Still, time to watch and see what happens as we move into Monday and Tuesday and direct impact are still possible, but east trends are looking good.
If it stays off our coast, tropical-storm-force winds are still possible, especially if the storm grows in size. Right now, Dorian is about half the size of what Irma was. Hurricane-force winds extend 30 miles from the center, with tropical-storm-force winds extending 105 miles from the center.
Gov. DeSantis said Floridians should prepare now for a multi-day event.
Mayor Keith James in West Palm Beach is urging residents to get ready and have plans in place ahead of Hurricane Dorian.
Mayor Shelly Petrolia in Delray Beach is telling residents to brace themselves for Dorian's arrival and that Atlantic High School is the only shelter in the city.
"While we don’t know the toll this storm might take on Delray Beach, we do know that we can never be complacent when a storm threatens our city. We also know that we can expect very high winds and storm surge. If you are unsure how your home will fare or if you home is prone to flooding, please make plans to evacuate," she said. "Be aware that there is a chance that the city may shut off water to the barrier island in an effort to protect our water source. Please have enough water saved for each member of your household, including your pets. One gallon per day, per individual is a good start."
Brightline says it has suspended its service Friday afternoon due to Hurricane Dorian and reduced $5 fairs have been implemented as guests make final storm preparations. Click here for the reduced schedule.
A message went out to parents Friday afternoon saying the Palm Beach County School District will make a decision Saturday about whether to close schools or not next week. Schools acting as shelters will open Sunday morning at the earliest. Click here for a list of county-by-county closures.
Hospice patients who live in Palm Beach County evacuations zones are being relocated to the inpatient units of Hospice of Palm Beach County and Hospice by the Sea, according to Trustbridge, a not-for-profit hospice care provider. Over 1,800 patients under Trustbridge's care live in evacuation zones and although evacuation orders haven't been issued for Palm Beach County, the evacuation of some patients began Thursday. Some of the patients need constant medical attention so it's vital that they be relocated.
“Our facilities are prepared with food, medications and supplies,” stated Jackie Lopez-Devine, Chief Clinical Officer for Trustbridge (the not-for-profit operator of Hospice of Palm Beach County and Hospice by the Sea). “Our teams in the field has assessed the needs of our patients. Our facilities crew is in the process of securing our hurricane-ready building and has tested our 600,000 watt generator.”
The National Hurricane Center says there is an increased risk of devastating hurricane-force winds along the Florida east coast and peninsula late this weekend and early next week. Heavy rain is expected to occur over portions of the Bahamas, Florida and southeastern United States this weekend and into next week.
Now is the time to know your evacuation zone.
The northwestern Bahamas is under a hurricane watch.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center of the storm, and tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles.
The northwestern Bahamas and southeast United States are expected to get up to 15 inches of rain.
The entire state of Florida is under a state of emergency. Gov. DeSantis spoke in Tallahassee and West Palm Beach Friday, urging Floridians to use the calm before the storm to prepare emergency plans, and that the state is moving resources to help meet the demand for gasoline and water.
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