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Hurricane Dorian: What's new Friday?

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Posted at 9:13 AM, Aug 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-31 00:03:35-04

Hurricane Dorian is approaching the east coast of Florida and is forecast to make landfall as a category 4 storm Monday. Here is the latest information coming into our newsroom:

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Friday, August 30

11 p.m.

  • Hurricane Dorian remains a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of up to 140 mph.

8:30 p.m.

  • Hurricane Dorian has strengthened into a Category 4 storm.

4:28 a.m.

  • Orlando International Airport to cease operations at 2 a.m. Monday for Hurricane Dorian. Passengers should check with individual airlines for flight information and schedules.

4:25 p.m.

  • 25 members of FDNY Incident Management Team to deploy to Florida on Sunday

4:01 p.m.

  • Pasco and Hillsborough counties cancel school for Tuesday, Sept. 3

3:51 p.m.

  • Florida National Guard activates 2,000 soldiers and airmen for Hurricane Dorian response

3:40 p.m.

  • Pinellas and Hernando counties cancel school for Tuesday, Sept. 3

3:23 p.m.

  • Citrus County School District cancels school and extracurricular activities for Tuesday, Sept. 3

MORE CLOSINGS AND CANCELLATIONS

3:10 p.m.

  • Smaller islands in the northern Bahamas ordered to evacuate to the mainland

1:40 p.m.

  • President Trump declares state of emergency, orders Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal and local response efforts due to emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Dorian

1:28 p.m.

  • Polk County announces shelters will open Sunday

1:12 p.m.

  • Polk County Schools closes schools for Tuesday, Sept. 3 and Wednesday, Sept. 4

12:58 p.m.

  • Highlands County closes schools and extra-curricular activities for September 3 and September 4

12:04 p.m.

  • Polk County declares a local state of emergency

11:23 a.m.

  • Stilt House Brewery in Palm Harbor offering free water, just bring your own container

11:16 a.m.

  • University of Florida Gainesville campus closed and classes canceled Tuesday

11:13 a.m.

  • The Geostationary Lightning Mapper aboard NOAA's #GOESEast captured this view of all the lightning associated with #HurricaneDorian2019 in the morning hours of Aug. 30, 2019

10:49 a.m.

  • City of Venice declares local state of emergency

10:47 a.m.

  • Hillsborough County Fire Rescue preparing fleet of rescue vehicles that may need to be deployed

10:26 a.m.

  • Entire Florida Congressional Delegation urges President Trump to issue emergency declaration to mobilize FEMA ahead of Dorian

10:06 a.m.

  • Some local gas stations have reported running out of gas

9:59 a.m.

  • Hernando County declares local state of emergency

9:30 a.m.

  • Governor DeSants working with FEMA to bring extra fuel to the state

9:20 a.m.

  • Manatee County Commissioners declare local state of emergency

9:05 a.m.

  • If evacuations are ordered, the shoulder of I-75 and I-95 NB will be open for use

9:00 a.m.

  • Florida Senators urge President Trump to approve emergency declaration

8:15 a.m.

  • UCF, Valencia College, Stetson University and Barry University closing early Friday ahead of the storm

7:40 a.m.

  • OneBlood issues urgent call for blood donations BEFORE Dorian arrives. While all blood types are needed, there is an increased need for O Negative and O positive as well as platelet donations

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