Hurricane Dorian: Florida forecast to get Category 4 Labor Day storm
Hurricane Dorian became a Category 4 major hurricane Friday before its predicted landfall Monday along Florida's east coast, forecasters say. Hurricane warnings were put in place in the northwestern Bahamas as Dorian approached the island nation. A direct hit in the Bahamas is likely on Sunday into Monday. The storm was slowly turning west on Friday as it makes it way back toward land and is expected to strengthen in the coming days, the National Hurricane Center said. Dorian is forecast slam the southeastern United States as a possible Category 4 storm.
TALLAHASSEE – With Hurricane Dorian pounding the Bahamas, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday that the Category 4 storm "has shown You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Hospitals , nursing homes begin evacuations as
After Hurricane Irma in 2017, a dozen patients died in a nursing home . The tragedy taught officials that evacuation orders were not enough to protect the state ’s older WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — As the outer bands of Hurricane Dorian began brushing the Florida coast on Tuesday, a woman raced
Dorian's winds reduced slightly on Monday to 155 mph, making it a Category 4 storm once again. It hovered over the Bahamas on Monday, causing wide-spread damage.
(Pictured) People stand at the water's edge of the Atlantic Ocean as winds from Hurricane Dorian pick up on Sept. 2 in Vero Beach, Florida.
A Highland Beach police officer sits in his vehicle to check id's of people in cars as he only allows residents to enter the Highland Beach area on Sept. 2 in Highland Beach, Florida.
Strong winds batter Oceanhill Boulevard in Freeport, as Hurricane Dorian passes over Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas on Sept. 2 in this still image taken from a video by social media.
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Charity groups are helping vulnerable populations along the eastern coast who tend to have fewer resources to prepare ahead of major storms. They include Central American immigrants and elderly people in retirement communities all the way up the coast, and homeless people in parks. Lawmakers are going to Spanish-language radio stations asking people to go through the hurricane plan with older relatives who live by themselves. Teachers are telling immigrant children to explain to their parents what they need to have in their hurricane kit.
Despite evacuation orders, some coastal residents in the Southeast US are staying put. At least seven Florida hospitals have begun evacuating or are making plans to evacuate , and nearly 100 nursing homes Evacuations of the facility began over the weekend, with more than 100 patients
Florida nursing homes evacuate ahead of Hurricane Dorian , but some don't want to leave. Nearly a quarter of Florida 's population is over 60; 93 nursing homes and seven hospitals have been evacuated ahead of Hurricane Dorian .
A surfer enjoys the waves as Hurricane Dorian continues to make its way toward the Florida coast on Sept. 2 in Boca Ration, Florida.
Visitors watch as waves crash onto the beach before a mandatory evacuation order goes into effect on Sept. 2 in Indialantic, Florida.
Gas pumps are wrapped in plastic in preparation for Hurricane Dorian on Sept. 2 in Indialantic, Florida.
Police officer Jennifer Brumley (C) informs people of a mandatory evacuation at the water's edge of the Atlantic Ocean on Sept. 2 in Vero Beach, Florida.
The information board displays all the cancelled flights at the Fort Lauderdale International airport ahead of the arrival of hurricane Dorian at ForT Lauderdale, Florida on Sept. 2.
Vero Beach police officers Chayse Hatfield, left, and James Doty walk door to door to notify residents of a trailer park community of a mandatory evacuation, in Vero Beach, Fla., on Sept. 2.
Amalie Hennech, left, and her daughter Alexis Garlini, writes directions to her home, after trying unsuccessfully to evacuate her elderly friend Jack, right, who has advanced medical issues, from the Fairlane Harbor Homes, a trailer park community next to Indian River, during a mandatory evacuation, in Vero Beach, Fla., on Sept. 2.
Alexis Garlini shutters a door as she helps her family friend Jack, right, in preparation for Hurricane Dorian, in Vero Beach, Fla., on Sept. 2.
Palm trees blow in the wind during the arrival of Hurricane Dorian in Marsh Harbour, the Great Abaco Island, Bahamas on Sept. 1.
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Current Florida Evacuations . -Palm Beach County ordered mandatory evacuations to begin at 1 p.m. Sunday for zones A and B. Zone A includes mobile homes A bag covers the handle of gas pumps after the station ran out of gas in Cocoa Beach, Florida , as Hurricane Dorian approached on Sept.
How Florida hospitals are getting ready for Hurricane Dorian . This is true now as well as Hurricane Dorian approaches the state . As a professor of urban planning, I have studied emergency planning and evacuation and also co-authored an extensive report on how hospitals coped with the
Hurricane Dorian is viewed from the International Space Station on Sept. 1.
Tree branches are seen in the road during the approach of Hurricane Dorian on Sept. 1, in Nassau, Bahamas.
President Trump receives a briefing at the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) on Hurricane Dorian on Sept. 1, in Washington, DC.
Kenneth Graham, director of NOAA's National Hurricane Center, appears on a monitor as he briefs President Trump on Hurricane Dorian on Sept. 1, in Washington.
Hurricane Researcher Dr. Peter Black and Branch Chief of Technology and Science Mark De Maria view a screen showing the eye of the storm at the National Hurricane Center ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Dorian on Sept. 1, in Miami, Florida.
Police try to get people to evacuate off the beach on Sept. 1, in Riviera Beach, Florida.
An evacuee lies on a cot at an evacuation shelter for people with special needs, in preparation for Hurricane Dorian, at Dr. David L. Anderson Middle School on Sept. 1, in Stuart, Fla.
Marcus McClain (L) and Langdon Bryant secure plywood over a window as they protect the home just in case Hurricane Dorian hits the area on Sept. 1, in Port Salerno, Florida.
A boarded-up business is seen ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Dorian on Sept. 1, in Cocoa, Florida.
A man secures a boat to a post at a marina ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Dorian on Sept. 1, in Titusville, Florida.
In this NOAA GOES-East satellite handout image, Hurricane Dorian tracks towards the Florida coast on Sept. 1, in the Atlantic Ocean.
Lessons of the past inform care for elderly residents as Hurricane Dorian approaches Florida
After Hurricane Irma, the failure to evacuate or have backup power led to calamity at a Florida nursing home.
As Hurricane Dorian threatens, an evacuation order affecting 820,000 people along the entire South Carolina coast went into effect Monday afternoon. In Florida , state officials said more than 70 nursing homes and assisted living facilities along the Atlantic coast, as well as seven hospitals
Hurricane Dorian rapidly approaches the Florida coast as a potentially devastating Category 4 storm. Hospitals play a crucial role during hurricanes , providing emergency medical assistance and "If evacuation orders are called in the areas in which we have facilities, we will comply with those orders.
A surfer navigates waves and currents as the threat of Hurricane Dorian looms on Sept. 1, in Ormond Beach, Fla.
Yolande Rolle puts sandbags at her shop's doorstep as she prepares for the arrival of Hurricane Dorian in Freeport on Grand Bahama, Bahamas, on Sept. 1.
Women sit on cots inside a church now serving as a shelter for residents waiting out Hurricane Dorian in Freeport on Grand Bahama, Bahamas, on Sept. 1.
A man stands on a store's roof as he works to prepare it for the arrival of Hurricane Dorian in Freeport on Grand Bahama, Bahamas, on Sept. 1.
A child drags his suitcase as he is evacuated to a safer area in the Bahamas as Hurricane Dorian heads toward the islands on Aug. 31.
A large boat is moved to a storage lot on dry land at a marina in Cape Canaveral, Florida on Aug. 31.
As worries continue about the impact of Hurricane Dorian, workers help a friend board up his apartment building on Aug. 31 in Fort Pierce, Florida.
Workers remove textile roofing from a structure before the arrival of Hurricane Dorian on the Great Abaco island town of Marsh Harbour, Bahamas on Aug. 31.
Residents load sandbags to protect their homes in Deltona on Aug. 31.
Shoppers at a supermarket are seen before the arrival of Hurricane Dorian on the Great Abaco island town of Marsh Harbour, Bahamas on Aug. 31.
People walk in a pier at Dinner Key Marina in Miami on Aug. 31.
Hurricane Dorian approaches the coast of Florida as seen in this handout photo made available by NASA, on Aug 31.
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After Hurricane Irma, the failure to evacuate or have backup power led to calamity at a Florida nursing home . “There are not too many trees here, but a lot of power lines, and he needs oxygen,” Brown said, as forecasts for Hurricane Dorian ’s expected effects on South Florida kept changing.
See couple reunite after Hurricane Dorian . Hurricane Dorian begins to flood downtown Charleston. Trump relentlessly defends use of altered Dorian The ferry was set to travel from hurricane -ravaged Freeport, in the Bahamas, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida , when the announcement was made, Entin told
People prepare sandbags on Aug. 31.
Residents fill up sandbags with the last bits of sand available in preparation for the hurricane, on Aug. 30, in Hallandale Beach, Florida.
Passengers arrive at Orlando International Airport for departing flights ahead of the hurricane’s arrival, which has intensified to Category 4 and which will threaten parts of the Bahamas and the Southeastern U.S. over Labor Day weekend, on Aug. 30.
Beach goers on South Beach check out one of the iconic lifeguard stands as bands of rain fall in the distance, on Aug. 30, on Miami Beach, Florida.
A notice is seen posted at the Orlando Amtrak station advising passengers that the station will be closed and train service between New York and Miami has been cancelled due to the hurricane, on Aug. 30, in Orlando, Florida.
Vacant gas pumps are shown after a Wawa gas station sold out of fuel ahead of the arrival of the hurricane, in Pompano Beach, Florida, on Aug. 30.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media prior to his departure for Camp David on Aug. 30, at the White House in Washington, DC. President Trump said he will be monitoring the latest development with Hurricane Dorian from Camp David.
A surf shop advertises hurricane supplies as Hurricane Dorian approaches the coast, on Aug. 30, in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
Midnight Express Powerboats employee Ray Vazquez pull out his boat from the Haulover Marine Center on Aug. 30, in Miami Beach as they prepare for Hurricane Dorian.
Weston Rice drives through a flooded parking lot as he prepares to drop his jet ski into the water at the Haulover Marine Center before the arrival of Hurricane Dorian on Aug. 30, in Miami Beach.
Lisa Vance helps her husband Stephan go up the mast of their sailboat to do a repair in preparation for Hurricane Dorian, on Aug. 30, in Vero Beach, Fla.
Miami residents load plywood at a Home Depot in West Miami on Aug. 30, in preparation for Hurricane Dorian.
James Wolfe, 72, and Elaine Wolfe, 65, install shutters on their home on Aug. 29 in Vero Beach, Fla.
Shoppers wait in long lines at Costco, on Aug. 29, in Davie, Florida, as they stock up on supplies ahead of Hurricane Dorian.
Dozens of people fill sandbags at Blanchard Park in Orlando, Florida on Aug. 28.
Hurricane Dorian poised to slam the Carolinas after scraping by the coasts of Florida and Georgia
South Carolina and North Carolina coastal areas likely to catch the brunt of Dorian’s impact in the Southeast late Wednesday through Thursday.
Canovanas Mayor Lorna Soto, left, and adjutant general of the National Guard Jose Reyes carry out a meeting at the Municipal Emergency Management headquarters, hours before the passing of Dorian, in Canovanas, Puerto Rico, on Aug. 28.
View of a house in El Negro, Yabucoa municipality, Puerto Rico, is seen on Aug. 28, as the government sends a message about the arrival of Dorian.
Workers of the Emergency Operation Center (COE) monitor Tropical Storm Dorian on Aug. 27 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Workers prepare at a Walmart store for the arrival of Tropical Storm Dorian on Aug. 27 in Humacao, Puerto Rico.
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TALLAHASSEE – With Hurricane Dorian pounding the Bahamas, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday that the Category 4 storm "has shown what it is capable of."
Forecast models still show the slow-moving hurricane nearing the Florida coast Monday and Tuesday before turning north without making landfall. That movement will shape how damaging the storm is to the state, DeSantis said.
"When and how that's done is going to be critical on impacts on the state of Florida," DeSantis said.
Counties from Palm Beach north to the Georgia border have all issued coastal evacuations. A hurricane warning is in effect from Jupiter Inlet to the Volusia County line.
A storm surge warning has been issued from Lantana to the Volusia County line.
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Seven hospitals in these coastal counties have begun evacuating patients to health care facilities in more inland counties, including Advent Health in New Smyrna Beach, Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach, and Halifax Psychiatric Center North in Volusia County, state officials said.
Seventy two nursing homes and assisted living facilities in coastal counties also have begun evacuating residents to other facilities because of concerns about possible structural damage from the storm. The number is likely to change, state officials said.
While as many as 60 percent of nursing homes have not yet installed back-up generators or alternate power sources in the wake of the 2017 deaths of several patients at a Hollywood Hills nursing home following Hurricane Irma, only four of the facilities now sending residents elsewhere do not have back-up generators, said Agency for Health Care Administrator Secretary Mary Mayhew.
DeSantis also suspended tolls Monday in the Jacksonville area to help keep traffic flowing for those who choose to evacuate. The First Coast Expressway and Interstate-295 have been added to roads, including Florida's Turnpike and Alligator Alley, where tolls have been lifted.
Florida seaports from Miami to Port Canaveral have closed, DeSantis said. He expected Port Jacksonville to close once the storm nears Northeast Florida, when southern ports are likely to reopen.
"We are in a situation where the storm is stalling very close to our coast. It is going to make a movement. And the movement that it makes is going to have a lot of impact on Floridians," DeSantis said.
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Dorian lashes New England after leaving N.C.'s Outer Banks with 'catastrophic' flooding.
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