Hurricane Dorian threatens the US

By Fernando Alfonso III, Mike Hayes, Meg Wagner and Rob Picheta, CNN

Updated 1:55 p.m. ET, September 4, 2019
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11:49 a.m. ET, September 3, 2019

Here are the storms that could come after Dorian

Dorian isn't the only disturbance forecasters are watching.

As the Category 2 hurricane inches toward the US, there are three other disturbances — one tropical depression and two possible, yet-to-form cyclones — brewing in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Tropical Depression Seven is in the Gulf of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center forecasts it to turn into tropical storm tomorrow. Storms that make it to tropical storm strength game names: This one will be Fernand. (Tropical Storm Erin already fizzled out.)
  • There's a 90% chance of a cyclone forming in the Atlantic Ocean, close to the coast of Africa, within the next 48 hours.
  • Additionally, there's a 40% chance of another cyclone forming south of Bermuda in the next two days.
11:04 a.m. ET, September 3, 2019

Hurricane Dorian is weakening in intensity and growing in size

Hurricane Dorian is now a Category 2 storm with 110 mph maximum sustained winds, according to the 11 a.m. ET advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Dorian, despite decreasing in maximum intensity, is growing in size. Hurricane-force winds extend out 60 miles from the center of the storm, while tropical-storm-force winds extend out 175 miles.

Hurricane Dorian is beginning to move — though slowly — to the northwest at 2 mph.

Here's a look at the latest forecast:

11:22 a.m. ET, September 3, 2019

Dorian is "worse than what anyone on earth could have expected," Bahamas resident says

From CNN's Gianluca Mezzofiore

 

Michael Hynes, 33, has spent the last two nights sheltering from Hurricane Dorian inside his office at the Bahamas Industrial Technologies’ building in Freeport, along with his brothers Matthew and Jeremy, their friend Linda Rose, and 5 dogs. 

“We prepare for the worse and expect the best. But this is worse than what anyone on earth could have expected. Unimaginable,” he told CNN, adding that he only managed to sleep a few hours.

He said there's no running water — it was cut off on the first night of the storm.

“We are OK but a lot of people aren’t. I don’t have any flooding in my business property but look at my east side update to view the latest on that side," he said.

He described the wind from Hurricane Dorian as “the worst thing on earth.”

“I can’t describe it. Have you ever been in a hurricane? If yes then it was twice as bad. It’s a constant train sounding like noise for the past 30 or so hours,” he said. 

 Hynes shared a video which shows a road surrounded by water. “All you can see is water, all the white you see is water. That building is also under water,” he said in the video.

10:47 a.m. ET, September 3, 2019

Brevard County school are closed through Thursday

Brevard County schools in Florida will be closed through Thursday because of Hurricane Dorian, the school district said in a Facebook statement.

Brevard County includes much of Florida's Space Coast.

10:47 a.m. ET, September 3, 2019

Savannah will be under a curfew tonight

Beginning Tuesday, the city of Savannah, Georgia, will institute a curfew at 9 p.m. ET, Savannah Police announced in a tweet.

The curfew will stay in effect until further notice.

10:58 a.m. ET, September 3, 2019

Residents call into live television to report missing relatives in the Bahamas

From CNN's Helena de Moura

Residents of the Bahamas have been dialing into ZNS' live television program to report on loved ones missing due to Hurricane Dorian.

Bahama’s Environment and Housing Minister Romauld Ferreira told ZNS that efforts to save vulnerable populations were ongoing.

“Make no mistake, we will leave no stone unturned. If there is anyone who needs help, we will find him, and we will bring him the relief they will need. Our team will be part of a bigger team. Who are going not just to assess damages but bring comfort, ” Ferreira said.

Dorian has been slowly inching its way northwest towards Florida and has traveled the second-shortest distance in 24 hours by a major hurricane (Category 3 or stronger) since modern records began in 1850.

10:23 a.m. ET, September 3, 2019

Dorian has dumped 30 inches of rain on Grand Bahama

Grand Bahama is facing "extreme flooding" after receiving 30 inches of rain from Dorian, the National Hurricane Center said in its 10 a.m. ET update Tuesday.

The island faces yet another day of dangerous winds and life-threatening storm surge as Dorian continues to inch its way over the Bahamas.

Along with the tremendous amounts of rainfall, the NHC said, Grand Bahama is seeing wind gusts measured at 140 mph and storm surge of 10 to 15 feet above normal tide levels, causing destructive waves.

These hazards from Dorian are forecast to continue on Grand Bahama through most of the day.

10:10 a.m. ET, September 3, 2019

This is how to read hurricane satellite images

During big storms like Dorian, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association — NOAA for short — regularly puts out images that show the location, size and strength of the storm.

These images come equipped with a colorful scale that shows where the storm's strongest and weakest points are located.

What do the colors represent? In response that question on Twitter, NOAA said, "The colors in this infrared imagery indicate the temperature of the cloud tops. Orange, red and black signify colder, taller clouds, which correlate with more intense areas of the storm."

Here's the most recent NOAA satellite image of Hurricane Dorian:

9:52 a.m. ET, September 3, 2019

Dorian has traveled only 30 miles in 30 hours

From CNN's Brandon Miller

Hurricane Dorian has traveled the second-shortest distance in 24 hours by a major hurricane (Category 3 or stronger) since modern records began in 1850, according to Colorado State hurricane researcher Philip Klotzbach.

The shortest on record is Hurricane Betsy in 1965, which traveled only 12 miles over the Atlantic.

Dorian spent most of the last couple days pounding the Bahamas as it moved at a speed of 1 mph or slower across the Atlantic. The stats show that from midnight Monday through Tuesday morning, the storm crawled just 30 miles in 30 hours.

The 185 mph maximum sustained winds from Dorian makes it the second-strongest storm, by wind speed, since 1950 in the Atlantic basin.

It is the strongest hurricane ever to make landfall in the Bahamas.