Published: Tue, September 03, 2019
Research | By Sheri Schwartz

Hurricane Dorian: More than 600 Labor Day Flights Canceled

Hurricane Dorian: More than 600 Labor Day Flights Canceled

The airport had 47.7 million passengers travel through it previous year.

Dorian is moving toward the west near seven miles per hour and a slower westward motion should continue for the next day or two, followed by a gradual turn toward the northwest.

The storm was growing, meteorologists said, with hurricane-force winds extending 45 miles from its eye. Some fluctuations in intensity are likely, but Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during the next few days. There is nothing to steer it right now, which is why it's just kind of sitting there over Grand Bahama Island.

New at 10 a.m., the storm surge warning has been extended northward along the east coast of Florida to the Flagler/Volusia county line.

Mandatory evacuations have already been ordered for residents living in mobile homes or in low-lying areas of Palm Beach, Martin, Brevard and St. Lucie counties, officials said.

The arrival times of tropical storm-force winds issued at 5 a.m. EDT, Sept. 2, 2019.

The official forecast path for Dorian curves the storm away from the area before it strikes land.

"A slow westward to west-northwestward motion is forecast during the next day or so, followed by a gradual turn toward the northwest and north", the hurricane center said Monday. The unnamed Category 5 hurricane crashed ashore along Florida's Gulf Coast on September 2.

"It cannot be stressed enough that only a small deviation to the left of the NHC forecast could bring the core of the extremely risky hurricane onshore of the Florida east coast within the hurricane warning area", forecasters said Monday.

There were no immediate estimates of casualties as the category five storm covered the northwestern islands of Great Abaco and Grand Bahama with twisted metal and splintered wood.

Hurricane Dorian, the most powerful hurricane to hit the Bahamas in recorded history, has slowed to a crawl and is pounding the island of Grand Bahama with catastrophic winds and torrential rainfall.

Residents fill up sandbags with the last bits of sand available in preparation for Hurricane Dorian in Hallandale Beach
Residents fill up sandbags with the last bits of sand available in preparation for Hurricane Dorian in Hallandale Beach

NHC director Ken Graham on Facebook Live said the Bahamas would be under major hurricane conditions for 30 hours or more. Forecasters say ocean levels could rise up to 20 feet (6 meters) in parts of the northern Bahamas with the storm surge topped with huge waves.

As he makes his way slowly along the road the driver says: 'Why am I driving in the middle of this storm, this is Prince Charles [Drive].

Hurricane Dorian has been threatening to make its way to the U.S. mainland, but there is still a lot of uncertainty on when and where it will make landfall.

Several videos posted on social media have shown people in the Bahamas braving the unsafe conditions during the Category 5 hurricane.

The storm first made landfall Sunday afternoon in Elbow Cay, Abacos, before making a second landfall on Great Abaco Island near Marsh Harbor.

A tropical storm warning was issued between Deerfield Beach up to Sebastian Inlet on southern Florida's east coast, while a tropical storm watch was issued between Deerfield Beach down to Golden Beach. Looking like one of the largest hurricanes ever.

In Grand Bahama, businesses were boarded up and thousands have evacuated Dorian's predicted path.

In Florida a state of emergency was declared last week due to the expected risky surf, damaging winds, and potential for life-threatening flash floods.

Hurricane Dorian battered the Bahamas with ferocious wind and rain on Sunday, the monstrous Category 5 storm wrecking towns and homes as it churned on an uncertain path toward the U.S. coast where hundreds of thousands were ordered to evacuate.

Information began emerging from other affected islands, with Bahamas Power and Light spokesman Quincy Parker telling ZNS radio station that there was a total blackout in New Providence, the archipelago's most populous island. But many people were expected to be left homeless.

But authorities warned that even if its core did not make U.S. landfall, the potent storm was likely to hammer the coast with powerful winds and heavy surf.

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