Also cancelled was a tropical storm watch for
The hurricane's forward speed accelerated to 5 mph Tuesday afternoon as it pursued a course projected to parallel the southeastern
After stalling over the
"The storm is now moving northwest at 5 miles per hour after being stationary for more than 24 hours, which is good news for everyone actually," said
"What that's probably starting to show is what our forecasts have been calling for for days and days and days, which is to make that move to the north," he said.
The strongest winds in
The storm's ongoing hazards for the
Although the official forecast does not show Dorian making landfall along
Windows were boarded with canvas, plywood, metal or insulation. Many businesses were closed.
A hurricane watch was in effect for much of
In Stuart, even
Stir-crazy residents crammed into the few open restaurants. "We're out of food," a worker at one pizza place in
Workers from other states, and evacuees, crowded into hotels in
A sign at the
Hurricane Dorian unleashed massive flooding across the
Officials in the
"I ain't worried," he said. "I never worry. I put everything in God's hands."
Williams said he'd lived in
Sustained winds of 40 to 50 mph, with higher gusts, are likely throughout Tuesday in northeastern
The storm has grown in size over the past day, putting a wider area at risk. Hurricane winds extend 45 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds reach 140 miles from the center.
"It just takes a little wiggle, a little movement, a little jog, and then all of a sudden you're a little closer to the coast,"
He explained that atmospheric conditions can change the direction of what has been an unpredictable storm. Dorian now ranks as one of the strongest
The only recorded storm that was more powerful was Hurricane Allen in 1980, with 190 mph winds. But that storm did not make landfall at that strength.
There were people streaming into a special-needs shelter slowly Monday afternoon at the
She is a caretaker and her patient is a 91-year-old woman who uses an oxygen tank and recently had hip surgery. Robinson said she didn't know if the storm would turn out to be so bad, but she wanted to come early just in case. "It is better to be prepared than to be rushing last minute."
Schools will be closed through Wednesday in
"Surge-related flooding depends on the how close the center of Dorian comes to the
Staff writers Andrew Boryga,
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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