The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) indicated at 11:00 (local time) on Monday, September 2, that Dorian was located at 26.8N 78.3W (map here), about 180 km (110 mi) east of West Palm Beach, Florida and is moving at a speed of 2 kph (1 mph). Dorian has maximum sustained winds of 250 kph (155 mph) and may bring 30-60 cm (12-24 in) of rainfall in some areas. Hurricane conditions are expected within parts of Florida by late Monday or Tuesday, September 3.
An estimated one million people have been put under evacuation orders in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina ahead of Category 4 Hurricane Dorian's landfall on Monday, September 2. All three states, as well as North Carolina, have declared a state of emergency for several coastal areas of the state.
In Florida, a mandatory evacuation order was issued in St. Augustine for 14,000 people, effective 08:00 on Monday. More instruction would be provided once more details regarding the hurricane's path became clearer. Georgia's Governor ordered evacuations in six coastal counties, including all of Savannah's 150,000 residents, effective at 12:00 on Monday. South Carolina's Governor ordered mandatory evacuations for parts of eight coastal counties effective at noon on Monday. More than 830,000 people were under evacuation orders in Charleston and other coastal communities in South Carolina.
Media reports have indicated that over 1000 flights have been canceled throughout the US because of the hurricane and three airports in Florida have closed on Monday: Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), and Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB). Other airports are monitoring and advise passengers to arrive at the airport early due to high volume.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, confirm flight reservations, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate adverse weather and power and transportation disruptions, and remember that running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and never drive through flooded streets; floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products.
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