At 5 p.m., the warning about Hurricane Dorian was extended north to Ponte Vedra Beach as the forecast path moved a bit east, but east Central Florida still remained in the cone.
At 5:09 PM EST this afternoon, my phone started buzzing with multiple cryptic warnings from various agencies telling me that all of all of the east coast of Florida, from Miami to Ponte Vedra by where we live, was now under hurricane Dorian watch until further notice. Game on.
“And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm. And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.” Luke 8:24,25 (KJV)
When Hurricane Matthew hit us in 2016, we were unbelievably unprepared and not prepared for its arrival. Very few stores were boarded up and almost no one had sandbags out. As a result, the damage was catastrophic. We were a touch more prepared in 2017 with Hurricane Irma. Now here in 2019, Florida is not only highly prepared and mobilized, we are also proactive as well. Florida Power & Light has already moved hundreds of repair trucks into place, something I have not seen before.
How about you? If you are unsaved there is a spiritual storm coming the likes of which you cannot begin to comprehend. Have you trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour? It is the only thing that get you through the coming storm of the end times. Christian, how about you? Are you handing out gospel tracts and telling the lost and dying around you how they can know for sure they’ll go to Heaven when they die? If not, why not? The winds of change are indeed blowing, be ye ready for what comes next.
The hurricane center warned that the coast of east Central Florida could see a threat of tornadoes forming later today as well as storm surge from 2 to 7 feet.
FROM THE ORLANDO SENTINEL: “As of 5 p.m., all of Central Florida’s coastal counties are under a hurricane warning through the event,” said WOFL-Fox 35 meteorologist Brooks Tomlin. “Confidence continues to grow that Hurricane Dorian will track offshore of Central Florida, and the 5 p.m. forecast track from the NHC has shifted slightly further east of us.”
The National Hurricane Center in its 5 p.m. update found maximum sustained winds remained at 145 mph with higher gusts after the edge of an outer band reached South Florida Monday afternoon. The storm is blamed for at least one death, according to the Bahamas Press, with several people missing after it slammed into Great Abaco and Grand Bahama Island on Sunday as the largest hurricane the Bahamas has endured in modern history.
“This has been frustrating, I know, for a lot of people because it seems like we’ve been talking about this a long time, but we are in a situation where the storm is stalling very close to our coast,” said Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis from the state Emergency Operations Center. “It is going to make a move, and the movement that it makes is going to have a lot of impacts on Floridians.”
DeSantis sought to guard against “storm fatigue,” urging residents to pay attention to local alerts and evacuation orders, in case the storm jogs west before turning north, as most forecasters predict.
The cone of uncertainty still includes much of east Central Florida, including just east of downtown Orlando, and a hurricane warning for Florida’s east coast was increased from Jupiter Inlet up to the Volusia-Flagler county line.
“It cannot be stressed enough that only a small deviation to the left of the NHC forecast could bring the core of the extremely dangerous hurricane onshore of the Florida east coast within the hurricane warning area,” the NHC said in its 2 p.m. advisory discussion. “Life-threatening storm surge and dangerous hurricane-force winds are expected along portions of the Florida east coast and Georgia coast, regardless of the exact track of Dorian’s center.”
A 56 mile-per-hour gust was reported at Juno Beach pier Monday; sustained winds at the pier hit 40 mph, putting them at tropical strength.
Fox 35 meteorologist Jayme King said some of the forecast models that feed the hurricane center’s official track still bring the storm center within 40 miles of shore; one projects landfall near Cape Canaveral.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the storm’s center and tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles, the hurricane center said. The hurricane center warned that the coast of east Central Florida could see a threat of tornadoes forming later today as well as storm surge from 2 to 7 feet.
“A landfall is not out of the question,” King said, discussing the Global Forecast Systems (GFS) model for the storm path. “That is my fear. I’m not saying it’s going to happen, but we’re seeing the modeling now at least on that particular model veering a little closer to the shoreline and possibly passage either on top of the peninsula or within 40 miles or less with very damaging winds along the coast and even for the interior.”
The Coast Guard changed Port Canaveral’s status to Zulu as of 8 a.m., meaning it’s closed to all boats and ships, regardless of size or service, and all vessels more than 500 gross tons are prohibited from remaining in the port.
In addition to the hurricane warning from Jupiter Inlet to Ponte Vedra Beach, the storm surge warning was extended north at 5 p.m. Monday to Altamaha Sound, Georgia. The storm surge watch and hurricane watch were extended north to South Santee River, South Carolina.
A hurricane watch is in effect for north of Deerfield Beach to Jupiter Inlet and north of Ponte Vedra Beach to South Santee River. 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 Beach, and for Lake Okeechobee.
A tropical storm warning was added earlier for Osceola County, in addition to tropical storm watches for Polk, Orange, Lake, Seminole, Sumter, and inland Volusia counties.Once Dorian does arrive to Florida’s coast, large and destructive waves are expected, forecasters said.
‘Catastrophic damage’ in Bahamas
Forecasters expect the storm to continue to hammer away at the northwestern Bahamas much of today. It had grown Sunday to 185 mph sustained winds with 220 mph gusts, tying for the strongest Atlantic hurricane landfall on record with the 1935 Labor Day hurricane.
By late Monday morning, the water had already reached roofs and the tops of palm trees in Grand Bahama. One woman filmed floodwaters lapping at the stairs of her home’s second floor.Authorities urged people to find floating devices and grab hammers to break out of their attics if necessary.
Minister of State Kwasi Thompson told ZNS Bahamas radio station Monday that officials were getting a tremendous number of calls from people in distress. Police Chief Samuel Butler urged people to remain calm and said rescue crews could not help anyone at the moment. “We simply cannot get to you,” he said.
Dorian is expected to cause a storm surge of 12 to 18 feet, the NHC said at its 4 p.m. udate, as ZNS radio station shared reports from callers saying some people were stuck on roofs and other areas.
“We received catastrophic damage here in Abaco,” Bahamas Parliament member Darren Henfield told reporters. He said officials did not have information yet on what happened in nearby cays. “We are in search and recovery mode. … Continue to pray for us.” READ MORE
Live: Tracking Hurricane Dorian
Mandatory evacuation orders accelerated on Florida coast ahead of Hurricane Dorian. As of 11 a.m. ET, Dorian weakened slightly to a Category 4 Hurricane, but ‘extremely dangerous’ storm moving at 1 mph still has powerful wind gusts of 155 mph.
National Hurricane Center gives new info on Hurricane Dorian’s path
The NHC has now announced that the devastating storm has stopped moving and is expected to lash the Bahamas for several more hours. The storm is likely to touch down in Florida late Monday evening as a category 4 hurricane.
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