1,350+ Flights Canceled On Tuesday As Cat 3 Dorian Looms Over Off Florida Coast

Hurricane Dorian failed to cover much ground over Labor Day as it is crawling at a 1mph pace across the Bahamas.

CBS News reports Dorian is basically stationary as it continues to batter the Grand Bahama Island. And, despite it being downgraded to a category 3 storm (it reached a category 5), it carries with it sustained winds of 120 mph. The hurricane is projected to continue its slow crawl as it heads towards Florida. Then, over the week, it is projected to follow the East Coast north through the Carolinas and Virginia.

CBS News reports:

It unleashed massive flooding, shredding roofs, hurling cars and forcing rescue crews to take shelter. By late Monday afternoon, the storm’s top sustained winds fell to 130 mph — down from 185 mph hours earlier — as it crept along on its path of destruction. Storm surges in some places raised water levels more than 20 feet above normal.

Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said Dorian took at least five lives on the Abaco Islands and called the storm “a historic tragedy,” adding, “The devastation is unprecedented and extensive.”


The hurricane center said Dorian would be right at or perhaps even brush the southeast U.S. coast when it does move, and evacuations were ordered for parts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

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CBS News weather producer David Parkinson says four-to-seven-feet of storm surge is possible all the way north through at least Charleston, South Carolina, including in Savannah, Georgia.”

Twitchy reports several witnesses of the storm have uploaded photos and videos of its destructive capabilities:

USA Today reports, on Tuesday morning, more than 1,350 flights within and from the United States were canceled as a result of the storm.

This figure is reportedly on top of another 1,400 flights which were canceled on Monday.

From the report:

Florida airports remain the hardest hit. Nearly half of the canceled Tuesday flights – 695 – were headed to or from Orlando International Airport. The central Florida airport, a magnet for vacationers, ceased commercial operations at 2 a.m. Tuesday. The airport had earlier rescinded plans to close on Labor Day, though flight cancellations were still heavy.

Other Florida airports with heavy inbound and outbound flight cancellations Tuesday, according to FlightAware:

Fort Lauderdale International: 284. The airport closed Monday at noon and said it plans to reopen Tuesday at noon, but will confirm the reopening at 10 a.m.

Miami International: 128. The South Florida airport said it is no longer in the cone of concern for the hurricane but warned passengers about residual flight cancellations.

Palm Beach International: 85. The airport in West Palm Beach ceased flights Monday.


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