Published On: Tue, Sep 3rd, 2019

Hurricane Dorian path: Miami, Jacksonville and Orange County on CURFEW – Florida alerts | World | News

Hurricane Dorian has slowly started to move towards Florida as it stalled over the Grand Bahama Island for more than 18 hours. The deadly storm, who has so far claimed at least five lives, has weakened from it’s peak strength of 185mph to 120mph. That makes Dorian a major Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir Simpson hurricane wind scale.

Hurricane Dorian is currently located about 40 miles northeast of Freeport, Grand Bahama Islands and 110 miles east-northeast of West Palm Beach, Florida.

The terrifying eye of Dorian has slightly started to turn northwestward at 1mph.

Despite weakening, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) has warned Dorian will remain a powerful hurricane during the next couple of days.

A turn toward the north is forecast by Wednesday evening, followed by a turn to the north-northeast on Thursday morning.

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On this track, the core of extremely dangerous Hurricane Dorian will gradually move north of Grand Bahama Island through this evening.

The hurricane will then move dangerously close to the Florida east coast late on Tuesday through Wednesday evening, very near the Georgia and South Carolina coasts on Wednesday night and Thursday, and near or over the North Carolina coast late on Thursday.

Hurricane Dorian has forced some Florida counties to issue curfew orders ahead of the deadly storm’s arrival.

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The curfews, issued by Florida’s Division of Emergency Management are in force for:

Osceola County – Full

  • Curfew in place beginning September 3 at 11pm local time until further notice.

Duval County – Limited

  • Curfew is in effect as of September 2 at Area Beaches municipalities: Neptune Beach, Atlantic Beach and Jacksonville Beach from 10pm to 6am local time.

Flagler County – Limited

  • Curfew in effect starting on September 3 at 7pm.

Volusia County – Full

  • Curfew is in place as of September 3, from 6pm through Wednesday, September 4, at 6am.

Miami-Adde Mayor Carlos Gameness also signed a declaration of a local state of emergency of Friday, allowing him to call a curfew if needed.

Oscoela County Sheriff Russ Gibson said the curfew means “you are required to stay inside your home unless you’re one of the accepted folks that can be travelling.”

He added: “It is a second-degree misdemeanour to violate curfew. You can be arrested.”

The NHC said portions of the Florida east coast and the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina can expect life-threatening storm surge and dangerous hurricane-force winds.

These hazards will impact the coast despite the exact track of Dorian’s centre.

In addition, flash flood threats will increase today along the Florida peninsula, then spread up the southeast and mid-Atlantic coast during the middle and latter part of the week.

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