#HurricaneDorian 14.03: GMT: Upgraded to Highest ‘Catastrophic’ Category 5 – US National Hurricane Center @SputnikInt as people brace themselves for winds of 150-mile per hour as the storm closes in on the Bahamas and governor tells people to leave the low lying islands #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Sept.01: Editor says heres what we know so far …………………Sustained gale force winds between 39 and 54 mph are expected within 24 hours at Florida’s Port Canaveral, officials have warned: The Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) set port condition Yankee on Saturday evening, days after it set port condition Whiskey — a classification level that’s declared when there are expected gale force winds within 72 hours.

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What this means: Cape Canaveral’s port and facilities are closed to all commercial traffic. All ocean-going commercial vessels and ocean-going barges greater than 500 gross tons should plans to leave the port: “Mariners are reminded there are no safe havens in these facilities, and ports are safest when the inventory of vessels is at a minimum,” the Coast Guard writes.

The next level of port condition is Zulu, according to the Coast Guard, which means sustained gale force winds are expected within 12 hours, vessel movement shall be restricted, and all movements must be approved by the COTP.

North Carolina Governor declares state of emergency…….


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The Coast Guard is also warning the public to:

  • Stay off the water. As storm conditions strengthen, the Coast Guard’s search and rescue capabilities degrade and could be delayed if accidents happen.
  • Secure belongings. If boats, life rings, life jackets, and other vessels aren’t properly secured, they can break free during the storm.
  • Stay clear of beaches. Wave heights and currents typically increase before a storm makes landfall. Even the best swimmers can fall victim to rip currents and strong waves.
  • Be prepared. Area residents should develop a family plan, have a disaster supply kit and a place to go, secure their home, and have a plan for pets.
  • Stay informed. The public should monitor the progress and strength of the storm through local television, radio, and the internet.
  • Don’t rely on social media. Social media should not be used to report life-threatening distress.

5 hr 9 min ago

Hurricane Dorian closes in on the Bahamas

Workers install storm shutters Saturday ahead of Hurricane Dorian's arrival in Marsh Harbour on the Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas.Workers install storm shutters Saturday ahead of Hurricane Dorian’s arrival in Marsh Harbour on the Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas. Dante Carrer/Reuters

The Bahamas is braced for devastating Category 4 hurricane conditions as Dorian barrels its way towards the low-lying chain of islands Sunday: Tropical storm winds are expected to begin within the next several hours in the country’s northwest, according 2am advisory from the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

The tourist enclaves of Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama will see “a life-threatening” storm surge that will raise water levels up to 20 feet above normal tide levels: Large and destructive waves are forecasted to accompany the surge as well as heavy rainfall. Dorian’s core is expected to be near or over portions of northwestern Bahamas later on Sunday, and will move closer to Florida’s east coast “late Monday through Tuesday,” NHC wrote.

The Bahamas consists of more than 700 islands — some only a few feet above sea level: Its Prime Minister Hubert Minnis on Saturday called for residents in the northern islands to evacuate immediately: To those of you in the Cays and Grand Bahamas, I beg you, please leave,” Minnis said. “(The storm) is expected to cause devastating effects to our island.”……”If you wait until tonight, it will be too late,” he added. “Time is not on our side.”…….About 73,000 residents and 21,000 homes could be impacted by the hurricane, he said: “Homes, houses, structures can be replaced,” Minnis said. “Lives cannot.”

#AceNewsDesk reports …………….Published: Sept.01: 2019:

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