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Hurricane Dorian live updates: Weakening storm wobbles northeast after NC strike
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Hurricane Dorian live updates: Weakening storm wobbles northeast after NC strike

Hurricane Dorian weakens as it moves northeast

Hurricane Dorian live updates: Weakening storm wobbles northeast after NC strike

Hurricane Dorian's eye made landfall Friday morning in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and will continue to weaken as it heads northeast, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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Forecasters said Dorian is expected to move toward southeastern New England later Friday and then across Nova Scotia late Saturday or early Sunday, the NHC said.

Here are the latest updates:

Update 12:30 p.m. EDT Sept. 6: After flooding homes along North Carolina's Outer Banks, Hurricane Dorian is moving northeast at around 17 mph, the National Weather Service said

Hundres of people who defied evacuation orders were feared trapped after the storm brought high water and 90 mph winds across the string of islands, The Associated Press reported.

Dorian is expected to continue to weaken through Saturday when it will become a post-tropical cyclone with hurricane-force winds as it nears Nova Scotia, weather officials said.

Update 12:30 p.m. EDT Sept. 6: After flooding homes along North Carolina's Outer Banks, Hurricane Dorian is moving northeast at around 17 mph, the National Weather Service said

Hundres of people who defied evacuation orders were feared trapped after the storm brought high water and 90 mph winds across the string of islands, The Associated Press reported.

Dorian is expected to continue to weaken through Saturday when it will become a post-tropical cyclone with hurricane-force winds as it nears Nova Scotia, weather officials said.

Update 9:10 a.m. EDT Sept. 6: Hurricane Dorian as made landfall Friday morning on Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, officials said.

Update 8:01 a.m. EDT Sept. 6: According to the 8 a.m. EDT intermediate advisory by the National Hurricane Center, the center of Hurricane Dorian is located 15 miles west-southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

Maximum sustained winds remain at 90 mph, and the storm is moving northeast at 15 mph, the NHC said.

A hurricane warning remains in effect from Little River Inlet to the North Carolina-Virginia border, and also in Pamlico Sound and Albermarle Sound.

Update 5:05 a.m. EDT Sept. 6: The eye of Hurricane Dorian passed just south of Cape Lookout on the North Carolina coast early Friday, the National Hurricane Center said in its 5 a.m. EDT advisory.

Hurricane-force winds have been reported on the south Outer Banks of North Carolina, the NHC said. At 5 a.m., the center of Dorian, which remained a Category 1 storm, was located 25 miles east of Cape Lookout and 55 miles southwest of Cape Hatteras. Maximum sustained winds are 90 mph and the storm was moving northeast at 14 mph, the NHC said.

A Hurricane warning is in effect from Little River Inlet to the North Carolina-Virginia border, and also in Pamlico Sound and Albermarle Sound.

Update 2:05 a.m. EDT Sept. 6: Hurricane Dorian was downgraded to a Category 1 storm early Friday, with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph, the National Hurricane Center said in its 2 a.m. EDT intermediate advisory.

The storm was producing winds close to hurricane force along eastern North Carolina, the NHC said. At 2 a.m., the storm was located 30 miles south-southwest of Cape Lookout and 55 miles east of Wilmington. The storm is moving northeast at 15 mph.

A hurricane warning is in effect from South Santee River to the North Carolina-Virginia border, the NHC said.

The next advisory by the National Hurricane Center will be issued at 5 a.m. EDT.

Update 11 p.m. EDT Sept. 5: Hurricane Dorian remains a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph. The storm is moving at 13 mph and is brushing the North Carolina coast.

Update 9:30 p.m. EDT Sept. 5: The death toll has risen to 30 in the Bahamas, according to Dr. Duane Sands, the Bahamas’ minister of health. Dr. Sands also told The New York Times that the death count "could be staggering."

A Florida-based cruise line is setting sail and taking supplies, first responders and volunteers to Grand Bahama island and bringing back people who want to evacuate after Hurricane Dorian.

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s CEO Oneil Khosa told The Associated Press more than 500 volunteers had signed up to travel Thursday evening from the Port of Palm Beach to help storm victims in Freeport. The company says those traveling need to be in a health care profession or work in construction.

Update 5 p.m. EDT Sept. 5: The eye of Hurricane Dorian is currently passing south, southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina according to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center.

Update 2 p.m. EDT Sept. 5: As Hurricane Dorian continues to pound off the coast of South Carolina, the Tropical Storm Warning for the Georgia coast has ended. 

Forecasters said the storm, which is still moving at a steady but sluggish 8 mph, will gain speed on Friday. 

Update 11 a.m. EDT Sept. 5: The eyewall of Hurricane Dorian is just offshore of the South Carolina coast, the National Weather Service said

The storm is about 50 miles east southeast of Charleston, South Carolina, and has somewhat weakened, with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph. 

"Slow weakening is expected during the next few days," officials said. "However, Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane as the center moves near the coasts of South and North Carolina."

In addition to storm surge, portions of the Carolinas have been pounded with heavy rain, wind and tornadoes.

Update 10 a.m. EDT Sept. 5: More than 200,000 people are without power in South Carolina as Hurricane Dorian trudges north along the Atlantic coast.

Dangerous storm surge is expected along coastal portions of the Carolinas, southeast parts of Virginia and Chesapeake Bay, the National Weather Service said. 

 

"Water levels could rise well in advance of the arrival of strong winds," weather officials said.

Update 8 a.m. EDT Sept. 5: The eye of Hurricane Dorian, which remains a Category 3 storm, is heading north-northeastward, the National Hurricane Center said in its 8 a.m. advisory.

The hurricane, which is moving north-northeast about 8 mph, is about 70 miles south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina, and 170 miles south-southwest of Wilmington, North Carolina, the advisory said. It still has maximum sustained winds of 115 mph, officials said.

The hurricane prompted several tornado warnings in the Carolinas, according to the National Weather Service's Wilmington officeA video appeared to show a possible twister touching down in Pender County.

Read the full advisory here.

Update 5 a.m. EDT Sept. 5: Hurricane Dorian continues to lash the Carolina coast, the National Hurricane Center said in its 5 a.m. advisory.

 

The Category 3 storm, which has maximum sustained winds of 115 mph, is about 80 miles south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina, and 200 miles south-southwest of Wilmington, North Carolina, the advisory said. It is moving north at 8 mph, officials said.

A hurricane watch and storm surge warning for the area south of the Savannah River is no longer in effect, according to the advisory. A tropical storm watch for the area south of Altamaha Sound, Georgia, also has been discontinued.

A tropical storm watch is now in place for Woods Hole, Massachusetts, to Sagamore Beach, the advisory said. The area includes popular tourist destinations Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.

Read the full advisory here.

 

Update 2:07 a.m. EDT Sept. 5: Hurricane Dorian is "expected to bring damaging winds and life-threatening storm surges" to much of the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic coasts, the National Hurricane Center said in its 2 a.m. advisory.

The Category 3 storm, which has maximum sustained winds of 115 mph, is about 105 miles south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina, and 220 miles south-southwest of Wilmington, North Carolina, the advisory said. It is moving north at 7 mph, officials said.

Read the full advisory here.

Update 11 p.m. EDT Sept. 4: In a 11 p.m. update, the National Hurricane Center said that Hurricane Dorian is once again a Category 3 storm with sustained winds of 115 mph. 

Update 7 p.m. EDT Sept. 4: The death toll in the Bahamas has risen to 20, according to a new estimate from the Bahamas Health Minister Duane Sands.

Update 6 p.m. EDT Sept. 4: Hurricane Dorian has strengthened a little as it tracks up the Southeast seaboard off Georgia, according to the National Hurricane Center. Dorian’s top sustained winds are back up to 110 mph.

Dorian remains a Category 2 hurricane with its eye located about 150 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina. The storm is moving to the north-northwest at 8 mph.

Forecasters say a tropical storm warning has been issued from North Carolina and the Virginia border to Chincoteague, Virginia, and for Chesapeake Bay from Smith Point southward. 

Update 2 p.m. EDT Sept. 4: The eye of Hurricane Dorian was about 115 east-northeast of Jacksonville, Florida, National Hurricane Center forecasters said in a 2 p.m. advisory.

The storm was moving north-northwest at about 9 mph. Forecasters said Dorian's maximum sustained winds were measured at 105 mph, making it a Category 2 storm.

Flights out of Jacksonville, Florida, were canceled as Dorian moved to the east of the state.

Waves could be seen pounding the Jacksonville Beach Pier as the hurricane neared.

Update 1:10 p.m. EDT Sept. 4: President Donald Trump said Wednesday that "we got lucky in Florida" as Hurricane Dorian continues to churn in the Atlantic Ocean east of Florida.

Still, his administration is bracing for significant amounts of rain and storm surge as the hurricane makes its way up the coast.

Trump was meeting Wednesday afternoon in the Oval Office with his chief of staff and leaders at the Department of Homeland Security to get the latest information about the hurricane.

Update 12 p.m. EDT Sept. 4: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Wednesday that at least one person has died in the state as a result of Hurricane Dorian, according to CNN and WTVD.

Cooper said at a news conference that an 85-year-old man died in Columbus County after he fell from a ladder while preparing his home for the storm, WTVD reported.

Update 11:05 a.m. EDT Sept. 4: The National Hurricane Center extended a hurricane warning northeastward along the coast of North Carolina on Wednesday morning as Hurricane Dorian continued to move parallel to the northeastern coast of Florida.

In an 11 a.m. advisory, forecasters with the National Hurricane Center said Dorian was about 90 miles east-northeast of Daytona Beach, Florida, and 205 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina.

The storm remained a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds measured at 105 mph, according to the NHC.

Forecasters with the agency said that if Dorian continues on its projected path, its core will move parallel to the coasts of Florida and Georgia through Wednesday night. On Thursday and Friday, Dorian is expected to move near or over the coasts of South Carolina and North Carolina.

Update 8 a.m. EDT Sept. 4: Hurricane Dorian is "moving north-northwestward parallel to the northeastern coast of Florida," the National Hurricane Center said in its 8 a.m. advisory.

The Category 2 storm, which has maximum sustained winds of 105 mph, is about 95 miles east-northeast of Daytona Beach and 135 miles east-southeast of Jacksonville, the advisory said.

Video captured Wednesday morning showed powerful winds from the storm stripping the sand off Jacksonville Beach. People were walking along the beach, despite a mandatory curfew in place until 6 a.m., ActionNewsJax reported.

Read more here.

Update 5:01 a.m. EDT Sept. 4: Hurricane Dorian continued to travel along Florida's northeastern coast early Wednesday, weakening slightly as it brought tropical storm conditions to portions of the state, the National Hurricane Center said in its 5 a.m. advisory.

The Category 2 storm, which has maximum sustained winds of 105 mph, is about 90 miles east of Daytona Beach and is moving north-northwest at 8 mph, the advisory said.

Read more here.

Update 2:13 a.m. EDT Sept. 4: Hurricane Dorian remained off the Florida coast early Wednesday, bringing tropical storm conditions to parts of the state's northeastern coast, the National Hurricane Center said in its 2 a.m. advisory.

The Category 2 storm, which has maximum sustained winds of 110 mph, is about 80 miles east-northeast of Cape Canaveral and is moving north-northwest at 7 mph, the advisory said.

A storm surge warning for the area south of Sebastian Inlet is no longer in effect, the advisory said.

Read the full advisory here.

Update 11:15 p.m. EDT Sept. 3: The U.S. National Hurricane Center adjusted its forecast tracks Tuesday, putting Dorian closer to the South and North Carolina coasts later in the week

Update 9:45 p.m. EDT Sept. 3: The prime minister of the Bahamas said that the death toll from Hurricane Dorian has risen to seven and that more deaths are expected.

Hubert Minnis said the deaths involved two people who were injured earlier and taken to New Providence Island. He said he flew over the Abaco Islands and expects to do the same in Grand Bahama as soon as the weather clears.

In Abaco, Minnis saw groups of people waving yellow sheets and shirts. He said 60 percent of homes were damaged in Marsh Harbor and that at least one community was completely destroyed.

Update 6:30 p.m. EDT Sept. 3: Winds are increasing along parts of Florida’s East Coast as Hurricane Dorian tracks offshore in the Atlantic.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the Category 2 storm was centered about 105 miles east of Vero Beach, Florida as 5 p.m. EDT. Top sustained winds are at 110 mph and Dorian is moving to the northwest at 6 mph.

Forecasters say Dorian is expected to move dangerously close to the coast of Florida and Georgia from Tuesday night through Wednesday night before menacing the coast of the Carolinas Thursday and Friday.

The hurricane center has adjusted its forecast tracks closer to the coasts of South and North Carolina, noting “a track that close to the coast, even if landfall does not occur, is likely to bring dangerous winds, life-threatening storm surge, and flooding rains across the eastern portions of the Carolinas.”

Update 3:55 p.m. EDT Sept. 3: Aerial footage obtained by CNN of the Bahamas' Great Abaco Island showed widespread damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

Update 2 p.m. EDT Sept. 3: Hurricane Dorian picked up speed slightly Tuesday afternoon, moving northwest at 5 mph, up 3 mph from its speed around 11 a.m., forecasters with the National Hurricane Center said in a 2 p.m. advisory.

The storm remained a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds measured at 110 mph. It was about 110 miles east of Fort Pierce, Florida as of 2 p.m., forecasters said.

Dorian is expected to move north of Grand Bahama Island through Tuesday evening and turn toward the north-northeast on Thursday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Update 11:15 a.m. EDT Sept. 3: Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center said Tuesday morning that Dorian had weakened into a Category 2 hurricane with sustained winds measured at 110 mph.

Officials issued hurricane watches and warnings for parts of North and South Carolina on Tuesday and discontinued hurricane watches for parts of Florida. Forecasters said the storm would likely shift to the north.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Dorian was moving northwest at 2 mph Tuesday morning about 105 miles east of Fort Pierce, Florida.

"On this track, the core of extremely dangerous Hurricane Dorian will gradually move north of Grand Bahama Island through this evening," National Hurricane Center forecaster Daniel Brown said in the agency's 11 a.m. bulletin.

"The hurricane will then move dangerously close to the Florida east coast late today through Wednesday evening, very near the Georgia and South Carolina coasts Wednesday night and Thursday, and near or over the North Carolina coast late Thursday and Thursday night."

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper told reporters Monday that he plans to announce a mandatory evacuation of all the state's barrier islands.

"We're going to be ready for it," Cooper said, according to WWAY.

Cooper said North Carolina will likely begin to feel Dorian's effects starting Wednesday evening.

"Already we've had some local evacuations and some voluntary evacuations, but we know it takes time to get people off these barrier islands so we want to begin the process now," he said.

Update 8:15 a.m. EDT Sept. 3: Hurricane Dorian is beginning to inch northwestward after remaining stationary for several hours over Grand Bahama Island, according to the 8 a.m. intermediate advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

The storm is about 40 miles (70 km) northeast of Freeport, Grand Bahama Island and about 110 miles (175 km) east-northeast of West Palm Beach, Florida.

Forecasters expect Hurricane Dorian to the north by Wednesday evening, and then to the north-northeast by Thursday morning, according to the advisory.

"The hurricane will then move dangerously close to the Florida east coast late today through Wednesday evening, very near the Georgia and South Carolina coasts Wednesday night and Thursday, and near or over the North Carolina coast late Thursday," the advisory said

Update 5:20 a.m. EDT Sept. 3: Hurricane Dorian is still stationary over the Bahamas, but is expected to begin moving northwest later this morning, the National Hurricane Center said in its 5 a.m. advisory.

The storm's effects on the Bahamas have been "catastrophic," the Associated Press reported. At least five people in the Bahamas are reported to have died and 21 people injured, Coast Guard officials told the AP.

“We are in the midst of a historic tragedy,” Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said. “The devastation is unprecedented and extensive.”

Regardless of Dorian's track, the Florida east coast and the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina are expected to experience life-threatening storm surge and dangerous hurricane-force winds Tuesday, the NHC said. The North Carolina coast is at risk for storm surge and hurricane-force winds as well.

Flash flooding is expected today and tonight in Florida, the NHC said.

Update 2:15 a.m. EDT Sept. 3: As of 2 a.m. Tuesday, Hurricane Dorian remained stationary over the Grand Bahama Island, according to the latest intermediate advisory from the National Hurricane Center. The hurricane is now at Category 3 status, with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph (195 km/h).

The storm is expected to begin a slow northwestward motion this morning, the advisory said. 

"The hurricane will then move dangerously close to the Florida east coast late today through Wednesday evening, very near the Georgia and South Carolina coasts Wednesday night and Thursday, and near or over the North Carolina coast late Thursday," the advisory said.

Update 8 p.m. EDT Sept. 2: Hurricane Dorian remains stationary, pummeling Grand Bahama Island, according to the latest NHC advisory

Update 5:30 p.m. EDT Sept. 2: At least five people have died in the Abaco Islands as Hurricane Dorian continues to impact The Bahamas, according to the country's Prime Minister Hubert Minnis.

Update 5:20 p.m. EDT Sept. 2: Walt Disney World Resort is adjusting its hours tomorrow ahead of the hurricane.

Magic Kingdom Park: 8:00 AM-3:00 PM (opening at 7:00 AM for Extra Magic Hours)

Epcot: 7:00 AM-3:00 PM

Disney’s Hollywood Studios: 9:00 AM-2:00 PM (opening at 6:00 AM for Extra Magic Hours)

Disney’s Animal Kingdom: 8:00 AM-2:00 PM (opening at 7:00 AM for Extra Magic Hours)

Disney Springs: 10:00 AM-3:00 PM

ESPN Wide World of Sports: Closed

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park: Closed

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park: 10:00 AM-3:00 PM

Winter Summerland Miniature Golf: 10:00 AM-3:00 PM

Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf: 10:00 AM- 3:00 PM

More information, including resort closures and special event scheduling, is at the Disney website.

Update 5:10 p.m. EDT Sept. 2: An update from the National Hurricane Center says the eye of the storm remains on The Bahamas as rains and winds continue to pound Great Bahama island.

Update 2:35 p.m. EDT Sept. 2: The U.S. Coast Guard is deploying officials from Florida's Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater to Andros Island, Bahamas, in preparation for hurricane response efforts.

Officials said they were deploying Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters and crews along with health service technicians who will be able to quickly respond to incidents after the storm moves past the islands.

Hurricane Dorian has pounded the Bahamas after making landfall twice Sunday, bringing torrential rains and strong winds. Officials on the islands said casualties and catastrophic damage have been reported.

Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center said the storm was likely to continue battering the Bahamas through Monday night.

Update 2 p.m. EDT Sept. 2: Hurricane Dorian remained a strong Category 4 hurricane as it continued to batter Grand Bahama Island Monday afternoon.

The storm was about 25 miles northeast of Freeport on the island as of 2 p.m. Monday, according to The National Hurricane Center. The storm had maximum sustained winds measured at 150 mph, down 5 mph from the measurement shared by forecasters three hours earlier.

If Dorian continues on its projected path, National Hurricane Center forecasters said it would likely continue to pound Grand Bahama Island before moving "dangerously close" to the Florida coast.

The storm was expected to move dangerously close to the Georgia and South Carolina coasts on Wednesday night and Thursday, forecasters said."

Update 12:35 p.m. EDT Sept. 2: In a video update shared on social media by The Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas, Darren Henfield, the country's minister of foreign affairs, said officials have heard reports of casualties and catastrophic damage left by Dorian.

He said authorities could not immediately confirm the reported casualties.

"We cannot confirm those reports until we go out and have a look for ourselves," he said.

Videos shared to social media showed water inundating parts of Grand Bahama, the northernmost island of the Bahamas.

Update 12:05 p.m. EDT Sept. 2: Videos shared on social media Monday showed parts of the Bahamas inundated by rains and flood waters brought by Hurricane Dorian.

 

Update 11:25 a.m. EDT Sept. 2: Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp held a news conference Monday morning to update the public on evacuations efforts.

Update 11 a.m. EDT Sept. 2: Catastrophic winds and storm surge continued to batter Grand Bahama Island Monday morning as Hurricane Dorian crawled westward.

In an 11 a.m. bulletin, officials with the National Hurricane Center said Dorian had weakened slightly from a Category 5 to a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds measured at 155 mph. It is moving west at about 1 mph, according to forecasters.

"Although gradual weakening is forecast, Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during the next couple of days," forecaster Daniel Brown said in the 11 a.m. update.

Update 10:25 a.m. EDT Sept. 2: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis held a news conference Monday morning to update the public on evacuation efforts.

According to WFTV, the latest forecast track for Dorian has the storm passing about 50 miles east of the Florida coast.

Update 8:15 a.m. EDT Sept. 2: Hurricane Dorian is moving slowly over Grand Bahama Island, where it's causing "catastrophic" conditions, according to the 8 a.m. intermediate advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

The storm is 35 miles (50 km) east-northeast of Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, and 120 miles (190 km) east of West Palm Beach, Florida.

The hurricane is expected to move "dangerously close" to the east coast of Florida tonight through Wednesday evening, the advisory said.

Update 5:20 a.m. EDT Sept. 2: Hurricane Dorian is continuing to have "devastating effects" on the Grand Bahama Island, forecasters with the National Hurricane Center said in the 5 a.m. advisory. "Catastrophic winds and storm surge" are expected in the area through the day and into the night, the advisory said.

The advisory describes conditions on the island as "catastrophic."

“It’s devastating,” Joy Jibrilu, director general of the Bahamas’ Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, told the Associated Press. “There has been huge damage to property and infrastructure. Luckily, no loss of life reported.”

The storm currently has maximum sustained winds of 165 mph and is moving west at 1 mph. As Hurricane Dorian moves closer to Florida, life-threatening storm surge and hurricane-force winds are expected along Florida's east coast through the mid-week, the advisory said.

A "brief tornado" is also possible sometime this afternoon or tonight along Florida's east coast, according to the advisory.

Mandatory evacuations have been issued for vulnerable parts of Florida and Georgia, and the entire South Carolina coast, the Associate Press reported. The Georgia and South Carolina evacuations are set to begin at noon.

“We can’t make everybody happy, but we believe we can keep everyone alive,” said South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster.

Update 3:15 a.m. EDT Sept. 2: As of 2 a.m. EDT, Hurricane Dorian was continuing to batter the Grand Bahama Island, according to the latest intermediate advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

The storm's winds have slightly slowed to 175 mph, but it remains an extremely dangerous Category 5 hurricane.

Update 11:30 p.m. EDT Sept. 1: As of 11 p.m. Sunday, Hurricane Dorian has weakened slightly, with top sustained winds down to 180 mph.

Dorian is centered around 55 miles east of Freeport on Grand Bahama Island and 135 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida. It’s moving westward at 6 mph.

 

Update 9:30 p.m. EDT Sept. 1: According to WSB-TV, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is expected to issue mandatory evacuation orders starting at noon Monday for at least six coastal counties in the state. 

Mandatory evacuation orders have also been given in Florida for low-lying and flood-prone areas and mobile homes. They will take effect starting either Sunday or Monday from Palm Beach County north to at least the Daytona Beach area. Some counties to the north issued voluntary evacuation notices.

Update 7 p.m. EDT Sept. 1: South Carolina’s governor ordered a mandatory evacuation of his state’s entire coast as Hurricane Dorian threatens.

Gov. Henry McMaster’s order goes into effect at noon Monday, when state troopers will begin reversing lanes so that people can all head inland on major coastal highways.

Authorities say the order covers approximately 830,000 people, many of whom will be evacuating for the fourth time in four years.

McMaster says he knows some people won’t be happy having to leave their homes, but he says “We believe we can keep everyone alive.”

The National Hurricane Center forecasts the center of Dorian will stay offshore while paralleling the South Carolina coast starting Wednesday afternoon. But a small error in the forecast could send the eye and strongest winds into the state.

Update 4:30 p.m. EDT Sept. 1: Authorities in the Bahamas are saying they are receiving preliminary reports of heavy damage in areas being pounded by Hurricane Dorian.

Joy Jibrilu, director general of the Bahamas’ Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, told reporters there is a huge amount of damage to property and infrastructure from the hurricane crossing the northwest part of the island archipelago. She adds, “It’s devastating” but says that so far, there is “luckily no loss of life reported.”

Video that was described by Jibrilu as being sent by residents from the island of Abaco on Sunday afternoon showed homes with missing chunks of roofing, downed power lines and smashed and overturned cars. One video, she says, showed floodwaters rushing through the streets of an unidentified town at nearly the height of a car’s roof.

At 3 p.m. EDT Sunday, Dorian had top sustained winds of 185 mph with gusts topping 220 mph, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Update 2:55 p.m. EDT Sept. 1: Dorian made a second landfall at 2 pm EDT The Bahamas' on Great Abaco Island. With sustained winds of 185 mph, the storm ties with the 1935 Labor Day hurricane as the strongest Atlantic hurricane landfall on record, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Update 1:15 p.m. EDT Sept. 1: Historical wind gusts continue as Hurricane Dorian makes landfall at Elbow Cay, in the Abacos Islands of The Bahamas. The National Hurricane Center reported the Cat 5 storm has maximum sustained winds of 185 mph. Wind gusts are 220 mph.

Update 11:40 a.m. EDT Sept. 1: Storm surge and hurricane watch advisories have been placed for parts of Florida's east coast as Hurricane Dorian's maximum sustained winds have increased to 180 mph.

Update 9:40 a.m. EDT Sept. 1: Maximum sustained winds of Hurricane Dorian have increased to 175 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. The eye wall is approaching The Bahamas' Abaco Islands in a life-threatening situation. 

"Residents there should take immediate shelter," the NHC update statement said. "Do not venture into the eye if it passes over your location."

The NHC said the hazards of wind gusts over 200 mph and storm surge 15 to 20 feet above normal tide levels with higher waves "will cause extreme destruction in the affected areas.and will continue for several hours."

Here are the latest updates:

Update 8:05 a.m. EDT Sept. 1: Hurricane Dorian was upgraded to a Category 5 storm early Sunday as the eyewall of the "now catastrophic" system approached the Great Abaco Island in the northwestern Bahamas, according to the 8 a.m. EDT intermediate advisory by the National Hurricane Center.

At 8 a.m., the center of the storm was 35 miles east of the Great Abaco Island and 225 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida. Winds were approaching 160 mph, the NHC said.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect from Deerfield Beach to Sebastian Inlet on Florida's east coast, and a tropical storm warning means tropical storm conditions are expected within the next 36 hours.

A tropical storm watch is still in effect Deerfield Beach south to Golden Beach in Miami-Dade County, the NHC said. 

The NWS is also warning of potentially life-threatening conditions along parts of Florida's eastern coast by the early to middle of next week, but since the storm is forecast to slow down and turn northward just offshore, officials said it's too soon to predict where the greatest impact will occur.

Update 11:15 a.m. EDT Aug. 31: Hurricane Dorian is gaining strength as it churns toward the southeastern U.S. with winds of 150 mph, according to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center.

The hurricane is moving in a westerly direction at 8 mph, according to the latest update.

The northwestern Bahamas are in the powerful storm's path as the storm tracks directly for the islands, the NHC said.Update 10:15 a.m. EDT Aug. 31: Hurricane Dorian changed course late Friday night and is now on track for a landfall in the Carolinas sometime on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Officials cautioned, though, that the powerful storm could still pose a major danger to parts of Florida.

"It should be stressed that the new forecast track does not preclude Dorian making landfall on the Florida coast, as large portions of the coast remain in the track cone of uncertainty," the NWS said on social media.

The NWS also said gusty winds and swells with life-threatening surf and rip current conditions will impact Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas as Dorian moves closer to land.

Update 8:05 a.m. EDT Aug. 31: Hurricane Dorian continued to strengthen early Saturday, reaching sustained winds of 145 mph, according to the 8 a.m. intermediate advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

Dorian is moving slowly to the west at 12 mph, according to the NHC. 

At 8 a.m., the well-defined center of Dorian was located 445 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida.

A hurricane warning remains in effect for the northwestern Bahamas, and a hurricane watch is in effect for Andros Island.

Interests in central and southern Florida should continue to monitor the storm, the NHC said. Hurricane watches could be posted for portions of Florida's east coast Saturday, according to the NHC.

Update 5:05 a.m. EDT Aug.31 : Hurricane Dorian continues to pack sustained wins of 140 mph as the Category 4 storm continues its slow trek toward the east coast of Florida. According to the 5 a.m. EDT advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Dorian was located 470 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida.

The storm continues to gain strength and has picked up speed slightly, moving west-northwest at 12 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

A hurricane warning remains in effect for the northwestern Bahamas, and a hurricane watch is in effect for Andros Island.

Some more strengthening is possible Saturday, the NHC said. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the eye of the storm.

Update 2:04 a.m. EDT Aug. 31: Hurricane Dorian remains a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 140 mph as it continues to move west-northwest at 10 p.m., according to the 2 a.m. intermediate advisory by the National Hurricane Center.

The storm's latest position is 510 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida. the NHC said.

A hurricane warning remains in effect for the northwestern Bahamas, and a hurricane watch is in effect for Andros Island.

Update 11:30 p.m. EDT Aug. 30: Dorian continues to strengthen hours after reaching Category 4 status and now has 140 mph winds, according to the 11 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

A hurricane warning is currently in effect for the northwestern Bahamas.

The hurricane is expected to slow as it moves northwest, but may continue to strength, The Associated Press reported.

Update 9:00 p.m. EDT Aug. 30: Hurricane Dorian has strengthened to a Category 4 hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm's maximum sustained winds are now 130 mph, per the NHC.

Update 5:30 p.m. EDT Aug. 30: Hurricane Dorian is "extremely dangerous" and heading to the northwestern Bahamas, where there is a hurricane warning, according to the 5 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center. The hurricane will bring "life-threatening storm surge and devastating hurricane-force winds" to the area, the NHC tweeted.

Hurricane Dorian has slowed to moving 9 mph, but is still headed northwest.

"On this track, the core of Dorian should move over the Atlantic well north of the southeastern and central Bahamas tonight and tomorrow, be near or over the northwestern Bahamas on Sunday, and be near the Florida east coast late Monday," the advisory said.

Dorian is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and devastating hurricane-force winds to the Florida east coast early next week, according to the NHC's tweet. Prolonged winds and rainfall are expected later in the week.

Dorian is still a Category 3 hurricane, but is expected to strengthen more, the NHC said.

Update 2:10 p.m. EDT Aug. 30: Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center said Dorian strengthened Friday afternoon into a major Category 3 hurricane, as expected.

"Additional strengthening is forecast, and Dorian is anticipated to remain an extremely dangerous major hurricane while it moves near the northwestern Bahamas and approaches the Florida peninsula into early next week," National Hurricane Center senior hurricane specialist Lixion Avila said in a 2 p.m. bulletin.

Category 3 storms have sustained winds between 111 mph and 129 mph. The gusts are strong enough to severely damage well-built structures, snap or uproot trees and down power poles, according to the National Weather Service.

Dorian continued to travel northwest Friday afternoon at around 10 mph, forecasters said. Officials previously said the storm was likely to make landfall between the Florida keys and the Georgia coast as a catastrophic Category 4 storm.

Update 12:20 p.m. EDT Aug. 30: President Donald Trump approved Friday of an emergency declaration in Florida as Hurricane Dorian continues to barrel toward the state.

The declaration will make federal resources available as state and local officials prepare for Dorian to make landfall in the state. Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center expect the storm to reach the coast early next week as a devastating Category 4 hurricane.

Update 11 a.m. EDT Aug. 30: Forecasters warned life-threatening storm surge, heavy rainfall and devastating hurricane-force winds were likely to hit portions of Florida early next week as Hurricane Dorian continues to approach the coast.

The storm slowed slightly Friday morning, National Hurricane Center forecasters said in an 11 a.m. bulletin. Dorian was moving northwest at 10 mph. Forecasters said the storm would likely continue to slow down in the coming days.

"Dorian is expected to become a major hurricane later today, and it will remain an extremely dangerous major hurricane while it moves near the northwestern Bahamas and approaches the Florida peninsula into early next week," National Hurricane Center senior hurricane specialist Lixion Avila said.

Update 10:45 a.m. EDT Aug. 30: Satellite images of Dorian showed the hurricane was forming an eye.

The formation of an eye indicates Dorian "is intensifying and becoming better organized," according to CNN.

Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center said Dorian could make landfall in the coming days somewhere between the Florida Keys and the Georgia coast as a catastrophic Category 4 hurricane.

Update 9:05 a.m. EDT: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is holding a news conference Friday morning to update the public on preparations ahead of Hurricane Dorian.

Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center said Dorian could make landfall in Florida as a Category 4 hurricane.

Update 8:02 a.m. EDT Aug. 30: Hurricane Dorian remains a Category 2 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center's 8 a.m. intermediate advisory. The storm's sustained winds increased slightly, to 110 mph, and Dorian is moving northwest at 12 mph.

The storm was located 255 miles east-northeast of the southeastern Bahamas, the National Hurricane Center said.

Update 5:05 a.m. EDT Aug. 30: Hurricane Dorian remained a Category 2 hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center's 5 a.m. advisory. According to a tweet from the National Hurricane Center, Dorian is expected to develop into a major hurricane -- a Category 3 -- by Friday afternoon.

A hurricane watch is now in effect for the northwestern Bahamas, the NHC said.

 

Update 5:30 p.m. EDT Aug. 29: Hurricane Dorian's forecast is intensifying, and hurricane watches could be issued for portions of the Bahamas tomorrow, according to the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

There is an increasing possibility of life-threatening storm-surge along Florida's east coast late this weekend and early next weekend, the NHC said. Hurricane-force winds are also possible along Florida's east coast late this weekend and into next week.

Heavy rains are expected over the Bahamas, Florida and the southeastern United States this weekend and into next week.

Update 11 a.m. EDT Aug. 29: Dorian is expected to pass over or near portions of the Bahamas over the weekend as it continues to travel west-northwest at 13 mph, officials with the National Hurricane Center said in an 11 a.m. bulletin.

Forecasters said the storm could reach the Florida coast as a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds between 130 and 156 mph.

Update 10:20 a.m. EDT Aug. 29: Officials at Virgin Islands National Park on Satin John said the park saw fairly minor damage as a result of Hurricane Dorian passing through.

Officials said some trees were downed by winds as the storm passed Wednesday.

"Unlike after Irma, all of the trees still have their leaves!" officials said Thursday morning in an update posted on Facebook.

Officials in the British Virgin Islands said they saw little damage across the islands Thursday morning.

Officials with the National Hurricane Center said in a bulletin released at 8 a.m. that Dorian was spinning about 150 miles north-northwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Officials measured maximum sustained storm winds at 85 mph.

Dorian is expected to strengthen into a major hurricane in the coming days, according to forecasters

Update 5:20 a.m. EDT Aug. 29: Hurricane Dorian is expected "to strengthen into a major hurricane during the next couple of days," the National Hurricane Center said in its 5 a.m. advisory.

The storm, which is about 150 miles north-northwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and 425 miles east-southeast of the Bahamas, has maximum sustained winds of 85 mph, the advisory said.

Currently, no hurricane watches or warnings are in effect, authorities said.

Read the full advisory here.

 

Update 11:30 p.m. EDT Aug. 28: Hurricane Dorian is continuing to strengthen as it moves northwest, the National Hurricane Center said in an 11 p.m. advisory. The NHC noted the storm as being 90 miles (145 km) northwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

"On this track, Dorian should move over the Atlantic well east of the southeastern and central Bahamas on Thursday and Friday," the NHC said.

Parts of the Bahamas and Florida east coast are at risk of storm surge and hurricane-force winds later this week, although the NHC said it's too soon to determine where these hazards will occur.

Update 5:40 EDT Aug. 28: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for Florida, as Hurricane Dorian continues to gain strength and move northwest.

“Today, I am declaring a state of emergency to ensure Florida is fully prepared for Hurricane Dorian,” Gov. DeSantis said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. “It’s important for Floridians on the East Coast to monitor this storm closely. Every Florida resident should have seven days of supplies, including food, water and medicine, and should have a plan in case of disaster. I will continue to monitor Hurricane Dorian closely with emergency management officials. The state stands ready to support all counties along the coast as they prepare.”

Hurricane Dorian is expected to become a "dangerous hurricane" in the western Atlantic, according to a 5 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center. Parts of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico will experience dangerous winds over the next few hours. Heavy rainfall and flash flooding could continue into Thursday morning, the NHC said.

Heavy winds and rain are expected to occur over parts of the Bahamas, Florida and the southeastern United States through the week, according to the NHC.

Update 2:05 p.m. EDT Aug. 28: Officials on the British Virgin Islands said strong winds and rain are "battering" the islands after forecasters with the National Hurricane Center announced Tropical Storm Dorian had strengthened into a hurricane.

Royal Virgin Islands police Commissioner Mick Matthews asked residents to stay off the roads as the storm churns in the region.

Update 1:50 p.m. EDT Aug. 28: Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center said Dorian had strengthened from a tropical storm to a hurricane on Tuesday afternoon.

The storm, which had maximum sustained winds measured at 75 mph, became a hurricane near Saint Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Forecasters expect the storm to continue to strengthen as it spins in the Atlantic, according to the National Hurricane Center. Forecasters expect tropical storm-force winds to begin effecting parts of Florida as early as Saturday.

Update 11:35 a.m. EDT Aug. 28: The National Hurricane Center updated its 11 a.m. track to show that Tropical Storm Dorian could be a Category 3 hurricane by the time it makes landfall in Florida on Monday morning, WJAX-TV reported.

Category 3 hurricanes are considered major storms and often leave behind devastating damage with winds as high as 129 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Update 11:10 a.m. EDT Aug. 28: Tropical Storm Dorian strengthened Wednesday morning with maximum sustained winds measured around 70 mph, 10 mph up from the measurement shared by forecasters about three hours earlier.

"Dorian is forecast to become a hurricane later today and continue strengthening during the next few days over the Atlantic waters," National Hurricane Center senior hurricane specialist Lixion Avila said in an 11 a.m. bulletin.

The storm was about 25 miles south of Saint Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands and moving northwest at about 13 mph by 11 a.m., forecasters said.

It remained unclear whether the storm would affect the U.S., although WFTV reported it could strengthen to a Category 2 storm as it nears the Florida coast.

Update 8:07 a.m. EDT Aug. 28: Tropical Storm Dorian continues to churn closer toward Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph, the National Hurricane Center said in its 8 a.m. advisory.

The storm, which is located about 60 miles southeast of St. Croix, is moving northwest at 13 mph, according to the advisory.

Hurricane watches are still in effect for Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rican islands of Vieques and Culebra, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, authorities said.

Read the full advisory here.

Update 5:03 a.m. EDT Aug. 28: Tropical Storm Dorian continues to loom toward Puerto Rico with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph, the National Hurricane Center said in its 5 a.m. advisory.

The storm, which is located about 85 miles southeast of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, is moving northwest at 13 mph, according to the advisory

Hurricane watches are in effect for Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rican islands of Vieques and Culebra, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, authorities said.

Read the full advisory here.

Update 2:15 a.m. EDT Aug. 28: Tropical Storm Dorian has strengthened slightly, with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph, the National Hurricane Center said in its 2 a.m. advisory.

The storm, which is located about 240 miles east-southeast of Ponce, Puerto Rico, was moving northwest at 13 mph, according to the advisory. Forecasters said Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands would likely start to experience tropical storm conditions later today.

Read the full advisory here.

Update 11:20 p.m. EDT Aug. 27: Tropical Storm Dorian hasn't changed much in strength, but is expected to strengthen before reaching Puerto Rico on Wednesday, according to the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center. The Tropical Storm is still moving west-northwest at about 13 mph with maximum sustained winds near 50 mph, the NHS said.

Update 5:20 p.m. EDT Aug. 27: Officials have issued a Tropical Storm Warning for Vieques, Puerto Rico; Culebra, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, according to a 5 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

Heavy rains and gusty winds have subsided over the Southern Leeward Islands, the advisory said.

Dorian is continuing to move to the west-northwest at about 13 mph, officials said. Its maximum sustained winds remain near 50 mph.

Update 2:20 p.m. EDT Aug. 27: Officials said Tropical Storm Dorian was spinning with maximum sustained winds around 50 mph Tuesday afternoon. By 2 p.m. Tuesday, the storm was about 370 miles southeast of Ponce, Puerto Rico, National Hurricane Center officials said.

Forecasters said the storm was traveling west-northwest at around 13 mph.

"Slow strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Dorian is forecast to be near hurricane strength when it moves close to Puerto Rico and eastern Hispaniola," Stacy Stewart, a senior hurricane specialist with the National Hurricane Center, said in a 2 p.m. bulletin.

Update 11:20 a.m. EDT Aug. 27: Tropical Storm Dorian continued to move northwest Tuesday morning on a path toward the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, according to the National Hurricane Center.

As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, the storm was about 415 miles southeast of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Authorities earlier issued hurricane watches for Puerto Rico and portions of the Dominican Republic while other nearby locales were under tropical storm watches and warnings.

Forecasters expect the storm to move near or south of Puerto Rico on Wednesday and to be near the Turks and Caicos Islands by Friday.

It was not clear Tuesday whether the storm would affect the U.S., though WFTV reported Florida could start to feel the effects of the storm late Saturday.

Update 8:15 a.m. EDT Aug. 27: Tropical Storm Dorian has moved across St. Lucia and is now in the eastern Caribbean Sea, the National Hurricane Center reported in its 8 a.m. advisory. The tropical storm warning is no longer in effect for the island nation.

Meanwhile, hurricane watches remain in effect for Puerto Rico and portions of the Dominican Republic, while tropical storm warnings are underway in Puerto Rico, Martinique, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the advisory said.

Read the full advisory here.

 

Update 5:57 a.m. EDT Aug. 27: Puerto Rico is now under a tropical storm warning and hurricane watch, the National Hurricane Center reported in its 5 a.m. advisory. Meanwhile, the Dominican Republic issued a hurricane watch for Isla Saona to Samana, the advisory said.

The storm, located about 30 miles south of St. Lucia, had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and was moving west-northwest at 13 mph, the center reported.

Read the full advisory here.

Update 11:45 p.m. EDT Aug. 26: The National Hurricane Center released key messages late Monday evening indicating that tropical storm conditions are possible in Puerto Rico on Wednesday.

 

Puerto Rico governor Wanda Vázquez reportedly signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency according to Axios.

Original report: National Weather Service forecasters said in a 2 p.m. advisory that the storm was about 95 miles east-southeast of Barbados. By Monday morning, NWS officials were measuring maximum sustained winds near 60 mph as the storm moved west. Forecasters noted some higher gusts were also recorded.

The center of the storm was expected to be near the Windward Islands in the West Indies late Monday before Dorian moved Tuesday into the eastern Caribbean Sea, National Weather Service forecasters said.

"Some strengthening is forecast during the next few days, and Dorian could be near hurricane strength when it passes through the northern Windward Islands on Tuesday," Stacy Stewart, a senior hurricane specialist with the NWS's National Hurricane Center, said Monday in an 11 a.m. bulletin. "(Dorian) is expected to be a hurricane when it moves near Puerto Rico and eastern Hispaniola."

Stewart described the storm as "a small tropical cycle," with tropical storm-force winds extending outward up to 45 miles from its center.

It remained too soon Monday to tell whether the storm would impact the U.S., WFTV reported.

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Of the confirmed U.S. deaths, 1,941 – or roughly 40 percent of the nationwide total – have occurred in New York, 355 in New Jersey and 337 in Michigan.  In terms of diagnosed cases, New York remains the hardest hit with at least 83,712 confirmed cases – or more than three times the next-closest state – followed by New Jersey with 22,255 and Michigan with 9,334. Five other states have now confirmed at least 6,000 novel coronavirus cases each, including: • California: 8,155, including 171 deaths • Massachusetts: 7,738, including 122 deaths • Florida: 7,495, including 100 deaths • Illinois: 6,980, including 141 deaths • Louisiana: 6,424, including 273 deaths Meanwhile, Washington and Pennsylvania each has confirmed at least 5,000 novel coronavirus infections, trailed only slightly by Georgia with 4,748 cases; Texas, Connecticut and Colorado each has confirmed at least 3,000 cases; and Tennessee, Indiana and Ohio each has confirmed at least 2,000 cases. Click here to see CNN’s state-by-state breakdown. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • A train engineer was suspicious of the government since the USNS Mercy arrived at the Port of Los Angeles. So federal officials said he drove a locomotive off the track directly toward the hospital ship, The Associated Press reported. The engine went through barriers and fences before stopping about 250 yards from the ship Tuesday, the AP reported. Eduardo Moreno has been charged with train wrecking, a federal charge, the US Department of Justice said. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison if found guilty. Officials said Moreno thought the Mercy was in the region because of a government takeover. Moreno said he acted alone and did not preplan the attack. A California Highway Patrol officer saw the crash and took Moreno into custody, the DOJ said.
  • The music world is mourning the loss of jazz master pianist Ellis Marsalis Jr. His son Branford Marsalis said his father died from complications of COVID-19, The New York Times reported. Ellis Marsalis had six sons, four of whom followed his career in music. Wynton Marsalis, who plays jazz trumpet, is the managing and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Branford Marsalis plays jazz saxophone, has recorded with Sting and was the band leader of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' starting in 1992. Wynton Marsalis said his father was “the guiding force behind a late-20th-century resurgence in jazz.” The New York Times said Ellis Marsalis left a legacy in the jazz world by teaching future stars the trade, including Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison Jr., Nicholas Payton and Harry Connick Jr. who remembered the legend on social media. Ellis Marsalis had been a staple for 30 years at Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro in New Orleans. He ended his shows in January, telling the club’s owner that it was too exhausting to play the two 75-minute sets every Friday night, USA Today reported. The club’s owner called him “a foundation pillar of the Snug Harbor musical legacy.” Ellis Marsalis was 85.
  • The cost of health care will be going up in Maryland after hospitals have been given permission to temporarily raise rates all patents are charged to help pay for emergency care related to COVID-19. Hospitals have not been getting the revenue that’s normally generated from patients who have other hospital care because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Baltimore Sun reported. Normally the amounts hospitals charge for surgeries and childbirth are regulated by Maryland. But because of the coronavirus, the medical facilities are adding beds and getting equipment like ventilators and masks without the other health services bringing in money to offset the cost of the needed supplies. The state’s Health Services Cost Review Commission gave hospitals permission to raise rates to provide emergency funding. Hospitals, if the facilities use the additional source of income, will have to tell the regulators that the amount increase is reasonable, the Sun reported. “If the number of coronavirus cases continues to increase, hospitals will need additional financial resources to further expand capacity. Our agency is taking action now to ensure hospitals are appropriately funded and ready for the potential surge of patients,” Adam Kane, HSCRC’s chairman, said via press release. But the cost of battling COVID-19 isn’t just coming from the pockets of patients; the federal government is also expected to pay some of the costs. “We are preparing for an increase in cases of novel coronavirus, and we want hospitals and health care systems to be ready,” Maryland Health Secretary Robert Neall said. “Maryland will pursue federal funding to help supplement the costs associated with the expanded care and resources that may be needed to care for Marylanders affected by this pandemic.”

Washington Insider

  • Looking for ways to stop the further spread in the United States of the Coronavirus, President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that he was considering a plan to limit flights between certain cities which have been virus hotspots, but shrugging off the broader idea of halting all travel in the U.S. by air or rail. 'I am looking at hotspots,' the President said at his daily Coronavirus briefing at the White House. 'I am looking where flights are going into hotspots.' But pressed by reporters about a broader ban on travel - whether airlines or trains - the President indicated that did not seem to be one of his likely choices.  'Closing up every single flight on every single airline, that's a very, very rough decision,' Mr. Trump added. 'We have trains going back and forth, and people don't think of trains,' the President noted. 'It's a very big decision to do that (close them down).' The issue of restrictions on airline travel comes at a time when the U.S. airline industry is seeing record low traffic, as airlines have grounded passenger jets and reduced flights. Data released by the Transportation Security Administration shows a gigantic drop in the number of air travelers going through security at America's airports since the virus outbreak began, as many flights are operating with just a few passengers on board. 'When you start closing up entire transportation systems, and then opening them up, that's a very tough thing to do,' the President said. As for when he would make a decision, the President indicated he would not wait too long. 'We will let you know fairly soon,' Mr. Trump said Wednesday evening.