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Dorian may not reach U.S. coast, but will pack punch

State officials begin reversing highway lanes ahead of hurricane’s near-hit of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. While the National Hurricane Center says the storm isn’t projected to make landfall, it warns there is plenty to worry about, including tornadoes and flooding.

FEMA is staging relief efforts at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. Photo: Jim Allen/FreightWaves

Hurricane Dorian will likely approach Florida’s coast late on Tuesday, September 3, leaving behind devastation the Bahamas, including at least five deaths.

Dorian, downgraded to a Category 4 hurricane, will likely come “dangerously close” to Florida. After lingering through September 4, it is then projected to move northwest toward Georgia and South Carolina, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on September 2.

Officials in Georgia and South Carolina already began ordering lane reversals on interstates and major highways to accommodate evacuation traffic.  

The NHC does not expect Dorian to make landfall. But it still will pose serious dangers with destructive winds, isolated tornadoes, heavy rainfall and flooding. 

NHC data, which is available in the FreightWaves SONAR platform, placed the storm 105 miles east of Palm Beach, Florida, with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph. 

Hurricane Dorian’s projected path as seen on SONAR’s Critical Events at 5 p.m. on September 2.

Dorian was already making its presence known in Florida; the National Weather Service issued flood advisories in Broward and Dade counties. 

As conditions worsened, Orlando International Airport announced that it will close at 2:00 a.m. on September 3, joining Palm Beach-Hollywood International airport. 

Also closing will be Georgia’s ports in Savannah and Brunswick.

Nate Tabak

Nate Tabak is a Toronto-based journalist and producer who covers cybersecurity and cross-border trucking and logistics for FreightWaves. He spent seven years reporting stories in the Balkans and Eastern Europe as a reporter, producer and editor based in Kosovo. He previously worked at newspapers in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the San Jose Mercury News. He graduated from UC Berkeley, where he studied the history of American policing. Contact Nate at [email protected]