At least 1203 flights to and from the US scheduled to take place on Tuesday, September 3, were canceled as of 20:00 (local time) on Monday, September 2, bringing the total number of flights canceled between Monday and Tuesday to over 2700, ahead of the expected landfall of Hurricane Dorian. Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) in Florida is expected to cease all commercial flights starting 02:00 on Tuesday. Other airports including Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) suspended flights on Monday, and are advising passengers to arrive at the airport early.
At least one million people remain under evacuation orders in the states of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina ahead of Category 3 Hurricane Dorian's landfall. All four states in addition to Virginia state have declared a state of emergency. In Florida, a mandatory evacuation order was issued in St. Augustine for 14,000 people, effective 08:00 on Monday. Further instructions are expected to 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, while South Carolina's governor also issued mandatory evacuations for parts of eight coastal counties. More than 830,000 people were under evacuation orders in Charleston and other coastal communities in South Carolina. North Carolina's governor ordered mandatory evacuations on Ocracoke Island and Dare County effective from 05:00 and 12:00 respectively on Tuesday. A state of emergency was also declared by Virginia's governor on September 3.
The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) indicated at 01:00 (local time) on September 3, that Dorian has weakened to a Category 3 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale and remains stationary at approximately 26.9°N 78.4°W (map here), about 187 km (105 mi) east of West Palm Beach (Florida). Dorian has maximum sustained winds of 205 kph (125 mph) and may bring 30-60 cm (12-24 in) of rainfall in some areas.
Associated flooding, power outages, and disruptions to transportation and business services are expected to continue in the coming hours and days.
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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