- Dorian has stepped up to a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph.
- Dorian is expected to face a severe hurricane on Friday and stay dangerous through the weekend.
- Dorian is on her way to landing in Florida early Monday as a strong Category 4 hurricane.
Hurricane Dorian steps up to a Category 2 storm on Thursday night, officials said Florida is expected to hit even harder than previously thought, leading to an expanded state of emergency. The storm is well on its way to landing on Monday as a hurricane category 4 hurricane ̵
The National Meteorological Service said Dorian could bring Florida a "triple threat of danger" – including "life-threatening storm surges, devastating winds with hurricane force, and heavy rains." They called on the Floridians to prepare "NOW."
President Trump canceled a week-end visit to Poland on Thursday to focus on the Bundessturm's reaction ,  The storm rolled over the Virgin Islands on Wednesday, hitting St. Thomas with gusts of winds up to 160 km / h. Puerto Rico escaped without serious damage.
From 17 o'clock. The center of Dorian was located on Thursday about 500 km east of the southeastern Bahamas in a northwestern direction at a speed of 21 km / h, said the National Hurricane Center. Dorian's sustained winds were 85 miles per hour with higher gusts.
Follow our live coverage of the storm below:
Dorian intensifies into a Category 2 storm
The Hurricane Hunter aircraft of the National Hurricane Center has found Dorian to be a Category 2 storm was strengthened. At 23 pm ET, the storm has maximum sustained winds of 105 mph and is located approximately 295 miles east-northeast of the southeastern Bahamas.
The storm moves northwest at 12 miles per hour. Maintaining this lane, Dorian was to sail across the Atlantic this evening and Friday, far east of the southeastern and central Bahamas, approaching the northwestern Bahamas on Saturday and moving around nearby or across parts of the northwestern Bahamas on Sunday.
The Storm Is The National Hurricane Center expects it to become a major hurricane on Friday, with a dangerous storm over the weekend.
It's never too early to start preparing a hurricane set.
The National Weather Service encourages ] Anyone on the Storm's path who is "never too early" to begin preparing a hurricane kit.
CBS News has put together some tips on people and pets emergency preparedness and a checklist of supplies before a big storm hits.
What supplies do you need to prepare for a hurricane?
Given the potentially devastating storms in this hurricane season, the Red Cross recommends having the following supplies at hand:  Water: At least 3 days supply; 1 gallon per person per day
University of Miami to attend classes until Wednesday
The University of Miami announced that they were teaching at the Coral Gable s, Marine and Medical Campus has been canceled from Friday, August 30, at 12:00 pm Tuesday, September 3.
The University also said that it will put in place installation of storm blinds and positioning of sandbags near doors at these three sites.
The Emergency Information Hotline has been set up: 1-800-227-0354
Governor of Florida sends National Guard troops
Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis tweeted that he had more than 2,500 troops Activated Florida National Guard to fight Hurricane Dorian.
He added, "I encourage all Floridians to continue to monitor and observe all warnings."
Trump posts video about "monster" Dorian
President Trump posted a video on Twitter asking Florida residents to prepare for Hurricane Dorian while the government prepares its own meets. In the Rose Garden of the White House, Trump said Dorian was a small storm at first, but was in the Fast grown over the last day. Trump said, "It looks like it could be an absolute monster."
Florida Power Company secures 13,000 workers
Florida Power and Light activated its emergency team on Thursday, securing nearly 13,000 workers to help restore power. The state's largest power company urged customers to prepare for potential power outages.
"We are actively working with other utility companies in the United States to secure additional crews and equipment and to position resources before the storm arrives, so we are ready to respond as soon as it is safe," said Eric Silagy. President and CEO of Florida Power and Light.
Georgia Declares State of Emergency in 12 Counties
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp declared 12 districts along the state coast to a state of emergency. The declaration, which came into force on Thursday, releases public funds and prohibits price reductions on goods and services.
Air Force evacuates aircraft at MacDill Air Force Base.
The US Air Force has begun to evacuate KC-135 aircraft at the MacDill Air Force at MacDill Air Force Base near Tampa, CBS subsidiary WTSP-TV reported. The aircraft were evacuated as a precaution and are expected to return when the storm is over. Officials do not expect to evacuate service members and staff from the facility.
"The safety of our service members, families and planes is paramount," said Colonel Stephen Snelson.
Rolling Stones postpone Florida's performance
Rolling Stones fans in South Florida will be satisfied just one day earlier than originally planned, CBS Miami reported. The Rolling Stones concert scheduled for Saturday, August 31 at the Hard Rock Stadium will be postponed due to the storm on Friday night, August 30.
All tickets will be honored for the new date. Miami is the last stop on the Rolling Stones "No Filter" tour, which was postponed once when Mick Jagger underwent cardiac surgery.
The Kennedy Space Center prepares for Dorian.
NASA officials and contractors at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida braced themselves for strong winds and rain from Dorian. Before the storm, they secure rocket platforms, spacecraft mounting areas, and even haul a 6.7 million pound mobile launch tower designed for the massive rocket built for the Artemis Lunar program into the cavernous vehicle assembly building for safekeeping.
The 355-foot gantry structure, carried on a squat Apollo-era crawler, is scheduled to commence the 6.2-kilometer journey from the 39B launch back to protect the VAB on Friday morning – a journey more than eight hours.
The VAB is designed to withstand wind speeds of 125 mph without major damage. The highest wind ever registered at NASA's launch site during an earlier hurricane was around 180 km / h.
– Bill Harwood
Trump dismisses Poland trip before the storm
President Trump canceled his trip on Thursday to Poland before the storm. Mr. Trump made the announcement during a White House event where the US Space Command was deployed.
"To make sure all of the federal government's resources are geared to the incoming storm, I've decided to send our Vice President Mike Pence to Poland this weekend in my place," said the president. "It's very important for me to be here."
Mr. Trump said he would postpone his trip to Poland for a not too distant time.
Some residents of Florida falter while others leave the city.
Some residents of Florida stockpile, others pack up and leave the state before the storm. The shelves were empty at Publix in the town of Lake Worth.
"We have three kids at home and a cat and we just try to prepare, we were very relaxed, but everyone agreed, so we wanted to make sure we got it ready," Carrie Dorman told CBS Miami.
Others planned to leave. Tommy Ligorie and his daughter tried to return to New York and did not want to look where Dorian landed.
"Unfortunately, I called this morning to see if we were able to get off and it was fully booked, and the flights I found were unfortunately very high and we could not afford it, so we have to Take the route and drive back, "said Ligorie.
NASA takes pictures of Dorian from outer space.
The International Space Station video shows the Category 1 storm at 13:05. ET as it moved across the Atlantic and north of Puerto Rico. The space station shared a video on Thursday on their official Twitter account.
– Peter Martinez
83 flights within the US canceled
Airlines have canceled 83 flights to, from, and within the US to FlightAware.com. Seventy-eight flights were canceled on Thursday, and five flights were canceled on Friday.
The number of cancellations should increase on Monday morning as Dorian lands on Florida's east coast. Expect flights to and from Orlando, Miami and other airports in the area to be hit hardest.
– Kris Van Cleave
Governor of Florida Declares State of Emergency
Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, declared a state emergency Thursday for all 67 districts of the state. On Wednesday he declared the state of emergency only for districts that were expected to get in the way of Dorian.
DeSantis encouraged residents to collect supplies for seven days, including water, food, and medicines. "When you're on your way to this storm – somewhere on Florida's east coast – make your preparations," he said at a news conference on Thursday. "Take action."
DeSantis said that people living in the area where Dorian lands should expect a loss of power. "If you live in an area where floods are occurring, you are looking for potentially serious floods and floods, so be prepared," he said, and follow all evacuation orders.
"Life-threatening flash floods" possible
The National Hurricane Center warned early Thursday that Dorian's heavy rain "life-threatening flash floods" in parts of the Bahamas and the southeastern US coast could cause the Bahamas, with six inches at isolated locations, and four to eight inches one foot up in other areas of the Bahamas and on the coast in the southeastern US
CBS News weather producer David Parkinson pointed out that "With a new Supermoon and from which angle the storm is approaching, widespread flooding of the coast, including severe flooding, is likely, and it seems as if the storm loses some of the control currents during landing, What slows him down and leads to consequential damage is even more ra in.
Inhabitants of Florida begin to gather supplies
Lanada Means from Miami said she bought plywood at Home Depot Wednesday to prepare for the storm. "My daughter calls me on Instagram and asks me if I know about the storm, and I did not, so I came here for lunch and it's going to be crazy tomorrow," she told CBS Miami.
Carol Brafman said she buys enough supplies for five family members. "They come to my house because I have a generator," she told CBS Miami. "We went through [Hurricane] Andrew and the last one we drove north to Carolina, it's not easy, none of us know."
– Justin Carissimo
US floods and blackouts
There have been reports of power outages and floods in the US Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands and the Puerto Rican islands of Vieques and Culebra, Associated Press reported. But Culebra's Mayor William Solís said only one community lost power on Wednesday.
"We are happy because there are no claims to report," Solís told the AP.
United States. The Governor of the Virgin Islands, Albert Bryan Jr., closed schools and government offices and issued a curfew from 6:00 pm Wednesday morning until Thursday morning. "This means that at this time only rescue workers and those who provide essential services are allowed on the road," he said in a statement. "We ask for the full participation of the public at this time."
– Justin Carissimo
80-year-old man dies in Bayamón
Puerto Rican police told an 80-year-old man The Associated Press reported that he died Wednesday in Bayamón as he made preparations for the storm , The victim crashed from the roof of his home after trying to eliminate debris.
– Justin Carissimo