Gov. Ron DeSantis Suspends Tolls as Hurricane Dorian Approaches East Coast of Florida
By Space Coast Daily // September 1, 2019
BREVARD COUNTY UNDER HURRICANE WARNING
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Sunday he has suspended tolls on state highways effective immediately, including State Road 528 and Florida’s Turnpike.
DeSantis also approved Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings’ request to suspend tolls along State Road 408, 417 and 429.
He directed the Florida Department of Transportation to monitor traffic flow to determine the opening of shoulders along major highways.
The Florida Highway Patrol will assist in the direction of traffic if shoulders are opened.
DeSantis is urging residents along Florida’s East Coast to heed all evacuation orders and warnings from local officials.
Hurricane Dorian has been upgraded to a dangerous Category 5 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 180 miles per hour.
On Sunday morning, DeSantis received a full briefing on Hurricane Dorian from Division of Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz and State Meteorologist Amy Godsey.
The Governor continues to be in constant communication with federal, State and local weather experts, as well as county emergency management directors and mayors.
The Governor also spoke with President Donald Trump and Federal Emergency Management Agency officials regarding Hurricane Dorian’s projected path and potential impacts to Florida and neighboring states.
Today, mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for coastal areas Brevard County, along with Palm Beach, Martin, and St. Lucie counties.
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SPACE COAST DAILY TV HURRICANE UPDATE: Space Daily’s Chris Bonanno discusses the latest report by the National Hurricane Center on Hurricane Dorian as of 5 p.m. Sunday. The storm’s projected track remained out to sea, in the 5 p.m. advisory for the National Hurricane Center but Brevard County could experience at least tropical-force and possibly hurricane-force winds. The National Hurricane Center has upgraded Hurricane Dorian to a Category 5 hurricane on Sunday after the latest report shows Dorian registering 185 mph max sustained winds as it bears on the Bahamas.
BREVARD COUNTY UNDER HURRICANE WARNING!
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Category 5 Hurricane Dorian is continuing to bear down on the Bahamas on Sunday. Meanwhile, the catastrophic hurricane has slowed down its movement again after the latest report shows Dorian moving to the west at just 5 mph, according to National Hurricane Center’s 5 p.m. report.
The report shows max sustained winds have remained at 185 mph with wind gusts reaching over 200 mph.
A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for North of Deerfield Beach to the Volusia/Brevard County Line.
A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life- threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles.
Hurricane conditions are possible within the hurricane watch area in Florida by late Monday or early Tuesday.
The historic mark ties the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane, which hit the Florida Keys, as the strongest landfalling hurricane in the Atlantic basin.
After passing through the Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian will begin to make a turn to the north around Monday afternoon.
A Hurricane Warning has been issued for Northwestern Bahamas excluding Andros Island. However, a Hurricane Watch remains in effect for Andros Island.
This rainfall may cause life-threatening flash floods, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Another cringeworthy feature about Hurricane Dorian is the storm surge. Life-threatening storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 15 to 20 feet above normal tide levels in areas of onshore winds on the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama Island. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.
Dorian’s Forecast Timing – Presented by Weather.com
Sunday: Dorian’s hurricane siege begins in the northwest Bahamas as it continues to slow down. Large swells should begin to arrive at the coast from North Carolina to Florida.
Monday: Dorian will still be hammering the northwest Bahamas as it crawls slowly. Bands of rain, strong winds may affect parts of Florida. Tropical storm-force winds are expected in the tropical storm warning area of eastern Florida. How strong the winds will be depends on how close the center of Dorian is to the Florida coast, which is still uncertain at this time. Battering waves, coastal flooding and beach erosion will increase along the southeast coast of Florida.
Tuesday: Dorian will still be hammering the northwest Bahamas, but conditions, there may slowly improve by night. Bands of rain, strong winds will still affect parts of Florida. Tropical storm-force winds are expected in the tropical storm warning area of eastern Florida. We cannot rule out the potential for hurricane-force winds, depending on how close the center tracks to the coast. Coastal flooding and beach erosion will spread north along the Florida coast.
Wednesday-Thursday: Dorian is expected to move north, then northeast near the coasts of northeast Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. The exact track is very uncertain, ranging from a track far enough offshore to keep hurricane force winds away from land, to a landfall anywhere in this zone. Storm surge flooding, damaging winds and flooding rain are all possible in these areas.
Friday-Saturday: Dorian is then expected to race off the Northeast Seaboard, but could track close enough to bring rain and some wind to the Virginia Tidewater, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod, before it heads toward the Canadian Maritimes by next weekend.
— Brevard EOC (@BrevardEOC) September 1, 2019
.@FLCaseyDeSantis and I are keeping the people of the Bahamas in our prayers.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) September 1, 2019
Pray for the people in the Bahamas. Being hit like never before, Category 5. Almost 200 MPH winds.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 1, 2019
9/1/19 | 3:46PM All Brevard County owned/operated parks & campgrounds are closed effective at dusk today, 9/1, until further notice. pic.twitter.com/nDJZYUHZej
— Brevard EOC (@BrevardEOC) September 1, 2019
#UCFAlert: Due to the current timeline and path of Hurricane Dorian, UCF will remain closed through Wednesday, Sept. 4.
— UCF (@UCF) September 1, 2019
SUNDAY 11:45AM EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION: All EFSC Campuses will remain closed until a planned reopening on Mon., 9/9, because of Hurricane Dorian, which is now a dangerous Category 5 storm near the Bahamas. We will continue to share Timely Updates here & at https://t.co/G7lOATufsJ pic.twitter.com/lecjuWPmEZ
— Eastern Florida State College (@EasternFlorida) September 1, 2019
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