5 dead as Hurricane Dorian slams into the Bahamas

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5:08 p.m. ET, September 3, 2019

Disney World will be open tomorrow

Todd Anderson/Disney Parks via Getty Images
Todd Anderson/Disney Parks via Getty Images

Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida will resume operations tomorrow with these hours:

  • Magic Kingdom Park: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET (open for Extra Magic Hours from 10 p.m. to midnight)
  • Epcot: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET
  • Disney Springs: 10 a.m. to midnight ET
  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park: Closed
  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET
  • Winter Summerland Miniature Golf: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET
  • Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf: 10 a.m. to10p.m. ET

Due to "schedule-related impacts associated with Hurricane Dorian," morning Extra Magic Hours are not available tomorrow, Disney said.

4:56 p.m. ET, September 3, 2019

Hurricane Dorian's winds are increasing along the Florida coast

Hurricane Dorian is moving closer to the Florida coast and it continues to grow in size, according to the 5 p.m. ET update from the National Hurricane Canter.

"Winds increasing along portions of the Florida east coast," the center said in the new advisory.

On this latest track, the core of Hurricane Dorian will move dangerously close to the Florida east coast and the Georgia coast tonight through Wednesday night. The center of Dorian is forecast to move near or over the coast of South Carolina and North Carolina Thursday through Friday morning.

Dorian has also become a larger hurricane: Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles.

Here's a look at the latest track:

6:35 p.m. ET, September 3, 2019

Her family has been in Freeport for 30 years, and she's never seen flooding like this before

From CNN's Amanda Jackson and Gianluca Mezzofiore

Kendra Clarke said she and her 8-year-old daughter and 11-year-old niece escaped to higher ground when the water started to rise in Freeport, Bahamas.

“We went gallivanting around in the rain that’s when we noticed that it was flooding in areas that had never flooded in the history of Freeport – and we’ve been here for 30 years,” Clarke, 40, told CNN. 

When they got back home, they noticed the water had risen significantly in the half hour they were away. That's when they decided to leave. 

“I went home and packed my passports, I packed the girls’ clothes. We just shut up shop and we just left,” she said. 

Unfortunately, the church nearby wasn’t taking anyone else in because of overcrowding. 

“I sat by the church that’s on the hill but they had so many people they weren’t able to take anyone else. So, I just sat in my car for the next 3 hours,” she said. “Then the water started to rise.”

Thankfully, her brother, who’s in Chicago and works at the Bahama's Grand Lucayan, told her by phone that the hotel was accepting evacuees. 

“They were very helpful during this time, they gave us beds, feeding us breakfast, I must commend the Lucayan and its staff,” she said.

She took this video of the rising floodwaters:

4:23 p.m. ET, September 3, 2019

North Carolina's barrier islands are now under mandatory evacuations

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has issued a mandatory evacuation for the barrier islands beginning Wednesday.

Officials in North Carolina said the state’s ports will close at 1 p.m. tomorrow ahead of Dorian.

Gov. Cooper has activated more than 300 National Guard members and the state is staging water rescue teams near the coast. 

3:42 p.m. ET, September 3, 2019

First aerial footage shows unprecedented destruction in Bahamas

Hurricane Dorian wreaked havoc on Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas. Here's the first aerial footage we've seen from the area since the storm.

4:03 p.m. ET, September 3, 2019

Florida counties lift mandatory evacuations for residents

From CNN’s Leyla Santiago and Sarah Jorgensen

Several Florida counties are calling off their mandatory evacuations as Dorian travels closer to the state's coast.

St. Lucie County will lift mandatory evacuations at 6 p.m. ET today.

The Emergency Operations Center is scaling back operations and some personnel is being sent home.There have been no major power outages reported in the county and the only damage reported at this point is erosion, but assessments continue.

Martin County officials have lifted the mandatory evacuation order that was put into place beginning at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.

While shelters remain open, residents are now allowed to return to their home, county officials said in a press release. 

Palm Beach County will lift the mandatory evacuation orders for Zones A and B at 4 p.m. ET today.

3:13 p.m. ET, September 3, 2019

Bahamians are carrying out rescues on their own in Freeport

From CNN's Jennifer Deaton

CNN’s Patrick Oppmann saw civilians in the Bahamas coming to the aid of fellow citizens today in Freeport, one of the hardest-hit areas of Grand Bahama island.

They used small boats and jet skis to rescue neighbors, friends and members of their community, despite the tropical-storm force winds and rains that are still pummeling the area.

These ad-hoc rescue efforts are dangerous and harrowing, Oppmann says.

Those rescued have been utterly exhausted after spending all night clinging to their roofs or being stuck in their attics.  

One man who was rescued while CNN was there says his wife drowned in front of him. He said he hoped to recover her body. 

Others said their relatives are still missing.

3:00 p.m. ET, September 3, 2019

US military efforts in response to Hurricane Dorian, by the numbers

From CNN's Barbara Starr

In an off-camera briefing at the Pentagon today led by Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, Commander of U.S. Northern Command, officials provided these metrics on what the Defense Department is doing, and what it is prepared to offer if requested in response to Hurricane Dorian: 

  • 5,000 National Guard have been activated.
  • Defense Secretary Mark Esper has authorized for the Bahamas, if requested by them, for possible logistical, health and engineering aid for up to 14 days. This is initially pending assessments by Bahamian government of what they need.
  • 2,700 active duty activated (many more on standby if needed).
  • Active duty includes 40 to 50 helicopter crews (mainly at Ft. Rucker), search and rescue at Moody.
  • 80 high water vehicles on standby.
  • Hospital ship USNS Comfort is currently in the southern Caribbean and would have about a four, or five days sail if it were requested by the Bahamian government. But medical capability might also be provided by medivac to other places, or by putting land based capability ashore.
  • Similarly, USS Bataan is off the coast of the Carolinas with USS Oak Hill. USS New York is a further distance away. The group carries about 2,000 Marines. If warranted, they could be used by the Bahamas or aid in efforts along the east coast of the United States.
  • The US Coast Guard has established a Command Center at the US Navy's Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) in Andros, Bahamas, to coordinate assessment overflights, medevacs, and search and rescue missions. By today, the Coast Guard should have six helicopters at AUTEC in the Bahamas to conduct missions.
2:39 p.m. ET, September 3, 2019

Burglaries and scams reported in Volusia County ahead of Dorian

From CNN's Denise Royal and Rosa Flores

Volusia County Sheriff detectives are investigating reports of two residents who were allegedly scammed out of thousands of dollars, jewelry and other property.

One elderly woman was scammed out of $20,000 when a group posing as a tree trimming business offered to help her clear her yard before the storm, sheriff Michael Chitwood said in a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

The other victim was a visually impaired person who allowed someone posing as a city worker into their home. Deputies have arrested two suspects, including a male and a juvenile female, linked to a string of burglaries at a strip mall where cash and other items were taken, Chitwood said.