If you live in Jacksonville or other areas of Northeast Florida, here's what you need to know about Hurricane Dorian for Wednesday, Sept. 4.

While Jacksonville residents were sleeping, Hurricane Dorian started picking up the pace. Coastal areas of Duval and Nassau counties continue to be under a Tropical Storm Warning. St. Johns County remains under a Hurricane Warning. Other parts of Northeast Florida — including Nassau and Duval counties — are under a Hurricane Watch and a Storm Surge Warning as Hurricane Dorian continues on path towards the Florida coastline.

"Dorian continues to lash the east coast of central Florida," The National Hurricane Center reported in its 11 p.m. advisory. The storm is reportedly about 95 miles away from the coast of Florida with maximum sustained winds clocking in at 110 mph.

The storm is projected to move northwest or north-northwest early Wednesday morning before turning Wednesday evening and turning again Thursday morning.

"On this track, the core of Hurricane Dorian will move dangerously close to the Florida east coast and the Georgia coast through Wednesday night," the advisory report said. "The center of Dorian is forecast to move near or over the coast of South Carolina and North Carolina Thursday through Friday morning."

Right now, Dorian remains a Category 2 storm.

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EVACUATIONS

In Duval County, zones A and B are under a mandatory evacuation. In Nassau County, zones A, C and F are under a mandatory evacuation. In St. Johns County, zones A and B are under mandatory evacuation. In Clay County, zones A and B are under a mandatory evacuation effective at 3 p.m Tuesday. Other counties throughout North Florida and Georgia are also under mandatory evacuation. See our updated list of evacuation zones.

SCHOOLS CLOSED

Public schools in Duval, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns counties are closed Wednesday due the pending storm. Some will be closed Thursday as well to allow time for assessing damage or for preparing facilities. Many private schools, too, will be closed. The University of North Florida, Florida State College at Jacksonville and Edward Waters College are also closed Wednesday.

SHELTERS

Duval County emergency shelters are open at sites throughout Jacksonville due to Hurricane Dorian. Other Northeast Florida counties, including Clay County, also are opening emergency shelters. In Duval County, Mayor Lenny Curry said about 500 people affected by evacuations were in shelters across the city. Many shelters are public schools which is why closures extend through Thursday. (See our updated list of shelter locations.) 

CURFEWS

Curfews are in effect for Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties and in Glynn and Camden counties in Georgia. (Read details about the curfews here.)

CLOSINGS

See our updated list of weather-related closings from across Jacksonville and Northeast Florida. Among other notable closings: Walt Disney World, which closed all of its theme parks Tuesday due to the storm. Many grocery stories and gas stations are shuttered on Wednesday. After Dorian, The Times-Union plans to announce openings as they pop up. Check back with Jacksonville.com for continued coverage.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority suspended all services until Thursday. Paratransit services will provide life-sustaining and evacuation trips only, weather permitting according to the agency. The St. Johns River Ferry service is suspended until further notice. Many flights out of the Jacksonville International Airport have been canceled. The airport will remain open until all flights are canceled, but representatives have advised travelers to check with individual airlines before making the trip since the airport is not a shelter.

We expect cancellations to continue through tomorrow, Wednesday, September 4. Check with your airline for the most updated flight status, delay and cancellation information.

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BEACHES

All Duval County beaches are closed until further notice.

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