Follow the latest updates from Jacksonville as Hurricane Dorian passes along the Florida coastline.

UPDATE: 7:59 p.m.

Baker County schools resume classes on Thursday, but all other Northeast Florida districts start up again Friday, the Times-Union's David Bauerlein reports.

UPDATE: 7:42 p.m.

The Carnival Cruise ship Ecstasy will leave Thursday from Port Canaveral instead of Jacksonville, where the port remains closed. Carnival is telling passengers to go to the cruise terminal in Jacksonville between 2 and 6 p.m. to board a motor coach to Port Canaveral, with the ship returning to Jacksonville on Monday. The ship’s call at Freeport in the Bahamas has been canceled because of storm damage there, but plans to visit Nassau will continue as usual.

UPDATE: 7:12 p.m.

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority will resume normal transit operations on Thursday at regularly scheduled times, the JTA said on its website.

This includes all fixed-route buses, First Coast Flyer BRT lines, ReadiRide, regional services and the Skyway.

The St. Johns River Ferry will remain closed until ports reopen and it is safe to operate.

Connexion and Connexion Plus paratransit services also will resume normal operations Thursday morning.

A complete list of schedules for specific routes and services can be found on the JTA's Schedules page at jtafla.com. Administrative offices will reopen at 8 a.m.

UPDATE: 7:07 p.m.

The Jacksonville Zoo will reopen Thursday with half-price admission.

UPDATE: 6:47 p.m.

Duval County schools will reopen Friday, but footballs games are being rescheduled. School district staff will spend Thursday getting shelters ready to return to their usual role as schools.

UPDATE: 6:38 p.m.

There are small signs of a return to normalcy in the Jacksonville Beaches. Several eating establishments, including some that never closed during Hurricane Dorian, were back in business by late afternoon Tuesday.

Here’s a list of restaurants off A1A that are currently open and closing tonight at their normal business hours: Japanese Steak House (Jax Beach), Sake House (Jax Beach), Quepasa Mexican (Jax Beach), Fancy Sushi & Grill (Neptune Beach), Kamiya 876 Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar (Jax Beach)

One of the iconic businesses in Neptune Beach, Pete’s Bar, opened back up just after 4 p.m. and will remain open until 2 a.m.

In Ponte Vedra Beach, there are three food options in the Winn-Dixie shopping plaza off Solana Road — Two Dudes Seafood, Lil Wok Chinese takeout and Tony’s Pizza — that are also open for business.

All gas stations and convenience stores were still closed as of early Tuesday night. There appeared to be minimal flooding throughout the Beaches area. Most of the hurricane debris came from palm fronds that were scattered in yards and on the street through every neighborhood.

UPDATE: 6:31 p.m.

Jacksonville city offices will reopen Thursday. City libraries reopen at 1 p.m. Thursday, Mayor Lenny Curry said.

UPDATE: 6:12 p.m.

The ban on alcohol sales at the Beaches will be lifted at 7 p.m., Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said this evening.

UPDATE: 5:30 p.m.

Town Center is quickly coming back to life. Texas Roadhouse, Bahama Breeze and Blaze Pizza are among the restaurants open. In Baymeadows at I-295, Tony D’s, Timwah, Tequilas and Boiling Crawfish are all open.

UPDATE: 5:19 p.m.

Baptist Medical Center Beaches and Baptist Medical Center Nassau will reopen at 3 p.m. Thursday, after being evacuated ahead of Hurricane Dorian.

The hospital, in a statement, said that the emergency department would be among the first hospital units to open, along with labor & delivery, critical care, progressive care and medical/surgical units.

Scheduled surgical and procedural services are expected to return to normal at 7 p.m. Friday.

Patients at the hospitals were transported to sister hospitals within the Baptist system.

UPDATE: 5:18 p.m.

Pottsburg Creek did massively overflow and flood the Beach Boulevard boat ramp Wednesday afternoon after Hurricane Dorian passed Jacksonville the same time as high tide.

But unlike Hurricane Irma two years ago, the floodwaters did not invade All Wet Sports next door.  Creek waters appeared to have come within feet of the business foundation, but did not invade it.

Two years ago, store kayaks and other items were floating in the middle of the showroom after Irma floodwaters entered.

UPDATE: 5 p.m.

The Clay County evacuation is over.

The county's emergency management agency announced at 5 p.m. that "as of 5 p.m. today, Clay County is rescinding the evacuation order issued for Evacuation Zones A and B and any low-lying areas or vulnerable housing."

UPDATE: 4:48 p.m.

The University of North Florida will reopen residence halls at 7 p.m tonight.

In a statement, UNF said shuttle buses will transport those students sheltering at the Osprey Fountains back to their on-campus residence from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Osprey Cafe also reopens 9:30 a.m. tomorrow.

Other buildings on campus will remain closed through Thursday, while all classes will resume and all offices will reopen on Friday.

UPDATE 4:45 p.m.

Pete’s Bar, iconic spot in Neptune Beach, just opened back up 5 minutes ago and will be open till 2 a.m. as usual.

UPDATE 4:35 p.m.

At Clark's Fish Camp, Joan Peoples knows all about flooding. Now, she's expecting the restaurant to be back in action quickly after Hurricane Dorian.

UPDATE 4:20 p.m.

Yes, it's dinosaurs. Once again, dinosaurs.

Mix a dinosaur, a giant pickle costume, a Georgia Bulldogs golf cart and a Category 2 hurricane, and the result is a FloridaWoman story at Jacksonville Beach in the midst of Hurricane Dorian.

The Times-Union's Eileen Kelley has the wild, weird story.

UPDATE 3:50 p.m.

Mayor Lenny Curry announced that mandatory evacuations will be lifted as of 7 p.m. Wednesday.

UPDATE: 3:14 p.m.

In the Mandarin area, there were no signs of downed trees or flooding. The Wal-Mart Supercenter on south San Jose Blvd opened at 9:30 a.m. and will remain open until 4:30 p.m., according to an assistant manager. Winn-Dixie a few blocks away on San Jose Blvd. also was open. A McDonald’s and Taco Bell were both open for drive-thru only.

UPDATE 2:55 p.m.

Photos from downtown St. Augustine show the area is experiencing tidal flooding. Reader Carly Zervis provided some photos from Cordova Street that show cars partially underwater.

UPDATE 2:31 p.m.

Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly announced that evacuation and curfew orders are lifted. Shelters are closing, but residents are still urged to use caution.

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UPDATE 2:01 p.m.

The ICW Bridge has been reopened in Nassau County effective immediately after several readings on the bridge dropped below the sustained tropical force winds of 39 mph.

UPDATE 1:58 p.m.

Jacksonville International Airport announced that all airlines have canceled their flights for Wednesday. Individual airlines make decisions based on whether to cancel flights or not.

All remaining flights for today, Wednesday, September 4, are cancelled.
Contact your airline for rebooking and flight status going forward.

— JAXairport (@JAXairport)September 4, 2019

UPDATE 1:43 p.m.

Clay  County updates:

The following Clay County Government Offices will be open for business Thursday:

•       Clay County Administrative Offices

•       Clay County Tax Collector

•       Clay County Property Appraiser

•       Clay County Supervisor of Elections

•       Clay County Sheriff’s Office

•       Clay County Public Libraries

The Clay County Courthouse and the Clerk’s Offices will remain closed Thursday with plans to reopen Friday. Those with court dates Sept. 3-5 will be contacted via mail about reset dates and times.

The Clay County Animal Shelter will reopen to the public Saturday.  If you want to pick up your pet, you may come to the shelter Thursday or Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Clay County District Schools will remain closed Thursday.

 

UPDATE 12:48 p.m.

Nassau County Director of Emergency Management Greg Foster has closed the ICW Bridge effective immediately. Winds were clocked moments ago sustained at 40 mph. Foster says the bridge is still being monitored and will reopen when sustained winds are less than 39 mph.

UPDATE 12:46 p.m.

Private school Bishop Kenny High School announced it will re-open on Friday. Public school districts have not announced plans yet, but haven't extended closures past Thursday.

UPDATE 12:30 p.m.

Via Duval County Courthouse: "Chief Judge Mahon has ordered that the Duval County Courthouse remain closed through Thursday, September 5.  As a result, both branches of the Duval County Clerk of Court will also be closed on Thursday, September 5 as well. Additionally, anyone who had fines due Tuesday, September 3 through Friday, September 6 has had their payment date extended until Monday, September 16.

UPDATE 12:03 a.m.

JSO reported that a Neptune Beach lifeguard saved a woman who was pulled into the current.

The woman was reportedly standing on the shore when the current came, knocked her down and pulled her in.

"DO NOT go to the beach and in the water to take part in hurricane swells," the sheriff's office said. "It is dangerous. Stay off the beach and out of the water."

 

UPDATE 11:45 a.m.

Outages continue to rise in Duval and Clay counties.

In Clay, there are an estimated 240 outages, the majority being in Union County.

In the city of Jacksonville, reportedly 355 customers are affected.

 

UPDATE 10:59 a.m.

 St. Augustine and areas of Ponte Vedra Beach are under a tornado warning until 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Tornado Warning including Saint Augustine FL and Saint Augustine Shores FL until 11:30 AM EDTpic.twitter.com/bWTE8hQebH

— NWS Jacksonville (@NWSJacksonville)September 4, 2019

UPDATE 10:55 a.m.

Access to St. Johns County’s barrier islands remains restricted as the bridges to the islands remain under a condition of limited access.

According to county personnel, eastbound access is limited to "legitimate business or personal intent."

Law enforcement officers are posted at each bridge, asking for commuters' reason for traveling. Proof of residency or purpose may be required.

UPDATE 10:42 a.m.

Wednesday morning, Clay County released the following updates:

Dorian’s forecast continues to be slow moving and turning northward near the coast at approximately 6 mph. Water levels may continue to rise along the St. Johns River and Doctors Lake along with the continued impact of Tropical Storm force winds. Clay County remains under a Local State of Emergency, which started last Thursday The Clay County Citizens Call Center will remain open for 24 hours until further notice. The call center number will be (877) 252-9362 or (904) 284-7703. There are 46 reported power outages Flooding occurred at Williams Park Road Minimal debris in roadways One house is reported damaged from a tree falling on it No injuries or fatalities reported Report down power lines/trees to the Clay County Citizen’s Call Center at (877) 252-9362 or (904) 284-7703. Report damage to home or business by emailing a photo and brief description along with an address to: emergency.management@claycountygov.com  

 

Update 10:25 a.m.

Roughly 1,060 JEA customers have lost power, according to the utility.

JEA's website shows 14 active outages. The largest outages are located at the Beaches, the Westside and Northwest Jacksonville.

Update 10:15 a.m.

More flights have been canceled at the Jacksonville International Airport, according the airport's Twitter.

Customers should check their flight status with their airlines.

Update 10:05 a.m.

Traveling along the St. Johns River on San Jose Boulevard, not a single business appears to be open, including some gas stations.

But across the street from an open Winn-Dixie, Noura Cafe on University Boulevard West is serving food, at least until noon, said owner Raymond Abi-Khalil.

"It's just enough to serve the customers and make sure everything is under control, that we have power, and it is secure," he said. "Then in a couple of hours, we are fixing to go home and be safe."

Abi-Khalil said he is concerned about the storm as he returned to the kitchen after serving three customers at 9:45 a.m.

Wednesday 9:55 a.m.

In between squalls, Atlantic Beach resident Tom Trechel went for a look-see in his orange golf cart, on which is his nickname, "Island Tom."

He wore a Conch Republic baseball cap, a Sloppy Joe's T-shirt with Ernest Hemingway's face on it, and had a pipe clenched in his mouth. The Beaches got lucky, he said: Though a north wind sent sand blasting down the beach and a few palm fronds were down, conditions weren't much different than a strong nor'easter.

Even so, he was prepared, with hurricane shutters on his house and a generator at the ready. Eyeing another squall swinging in, Trechel said he was going to take a quick trip around the neighborhood.

But first, he took off his Conch Republic cap to adjust it.

"Actually I'd better tighten my hat,"he said.

Wednesday 9:45 a.m.

As the winds get gustier from Hurricane Dorian, and more bands of rain come in, the Winn-Dixie supermarket at 1520 University Blvd. W. remains open. The supermarket's website indicates only a handful of its stores are closed as of 9:30 a.m. But the store's website says it updates the list every few hours.

Wednesday 9:35 a.m.

Giant waves were breaking well past the end of the Jacksonville Beach pier Wednesday morning.

It was hard to tell in the chaotic conditions, but there didn't appear to be any surfers out, unlike Tuesday, when dozens rode the waves there.

There didn't seem to be any visible damage to the pier or dunes, though high tide was still a few hours away.

Wednesday 9:28 a.m.

A Jacksonville Sheriff's Office community service officer is posted at the base of the Acosta Bridge on Wednesday morning, ready to shut the span down if sustained winds hit 40 miles per hour. The sheriff's office and other city officials will announce those closures on their social media platforms, if they occur. The bridges would then remain closed for the duration of the storm, according to city officials.

Wednesday 9:20 a.m.

With high tide at least 6 hours away, the water is low at the seawall along at San Marco's River Road.

This is a notorious site for street flooding during heavy storms, but folks are fishing anyway, not too concerned about Hurricane Dorian churning miles offshore.

"I love to fish," said one man, who only identified himself as "B."

"The fish are coming in the river," he said, adding the hurricane seems to be pushing the fish inland.

Wednesday 9:10 a.m.

As rain bands come in from Hurricane Dorian, traffic is very light on Beach Boulevard near Southside Boulevard. At least one gas station in the area appears to be open, but every other business is shut down.

On Prudential Drive near South Main Street, some traffic signals were flashing. Flashing red means a full stop, then look around before going.  Flashing yellow means slow down and be cautious crossing through the intersection.

Wednesday 9:05 a.m.

All bridges remain open as of 9 a.m., according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Wednesday 8:45 a.m.

Hurricane Dorian remains a Category 2 storm, and it's slowly moving north roughly 65 to 90 miles offshore of the Florida peninsula.

Rain bands and stronger winds arrived to Northeast Florida overnight, leaving roughly 990 JEA customers without power as of 8:50 a.m. Workers are in the field restoring power, according to the utility.

As of 7:50 a.m., wind speeds at Naval Station Mayport were 31 mph with gusts up to 37 mph. All bridges in Duval County were open as of 8 a.m., and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office hasn't sent any alerts about closures in the last hour.

Conditions will worsen as the day goes on, with tropical-storm-force winds due to arrive to southern Duval County before noon and a little later to the remainder of Jacksonville and Nassau County.

For previous posts, see Tuesday's live blog.