Governor Ron DeSantis announced the suspension of tolls on several Florida highways during a Sunday afternoon news conference, as preparations continue ahead of a possible impact from Hurricane Dorian.
Tolls have been suspended until further notice on these highways:
East and West Beltway, 417 and 429
DeSantis also told Floridians to not underestimate the power of Dorian, which has now broken records for wind speeds and double landfall in the Bahamas.
In addition, Palm Beach International Airport has announced it will cease all commercial air service on Monday. It is unclear if the airport plans to reopen on Tuesday.
Dorian update (9/1, 2:20pm): PBI will cease all commercial air service tomorrow, Monday, 9/2. Contact your airline for Sunday flight updates. Updates will be posted when available. Do not plan to shelter at PBI. PBI is not a shelter. County shelter info: https://t.co/QZH4UWtkYJ
— FlyPBI (@PBI_Airport) September 1, 2019
Airport spokeswoman Lacy Larson released a statement that reads, “PBI will cease all commercial air service tomorrow, Monday September 2. We advise all travelers with travel plans in the coming days to contact their airline for cancellations and updates on service.”
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport will stop operations as of noon Monday until further notice.
— Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Int'l Airport (FLL) (@FLLFlyer) September 2, 2019
Tri-Rail, Brightline/Virgin Trains and Amtrak service will also be suspended on Monday until further notice.
Palm Tran released this statement: “Palm Tran will have no Fixed-Route service starting on Monday, September 2nd. Service will resume when it is safe to do so. On September 2nd, Connection service will only be for evacuations and shelter trips until the conditions become unsafe. Connection service will resume when deemed safe to do so.”
Uber is now offering free rides for people who are evacuating. The rides are free up to $20 each way to and from state-approved evacuation shelters in the state. The promo code is DORIANRELIEF.
Governor DeSantis announced Monday that ports in West Palm Beach, Port Everglades, Miami, Fort Pierce and Jacksonville are closed.
Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River County Public Schools will remain closed Wednesday.
Team Palm Beach, students and parents, because of the uncertainty surrounding Hurricane Dorian’s track, all District offices and schools will remain closed through Wednesday. Shelters remain open.
Please stay safe and stay informed.https://t.co/xBZmM2XU48
— Donald E. Fennoy II (@SuptFennoy) September 2, 2019
Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach has evacuated its patients to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach and to Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. Good Sam’s emergency room is also not accepting patients at this time.
Meanwhile, Florida officials say that 72 nursing homes and assisted living facilities, as well as six other hospitals on the state’s East Coast, have been evacuated in preparation for the hurricane.
Additionally, all Publix stores in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee counties are closed. Complete information is available here.
The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Dorian made landfall on Elbow Cay at 12:40 p.m. with sustained winds of 185 mph, wind gusts of 220 mph, and storm surge of 18 to 23 feet. At 2 p.m., the category 5 storm made a second landfall on Great Abaco Island near Marsh Harbour. It is over Grand Bahama as of Monday morning, creeping along at 1 mph.
According to the NHC, Dorian is tied for the strongest Atlantic hurricane landfall on record with the 1935 Labor Day hurricane, and is the second strongest Atlantic hurricane since 1950.