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Jerry Anderson 2019-08-30
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Hurricane Dorian could make landfall in Florida late Monday or Tuesday.

In preparation, the city of Miami has ordered electric scooters off the streets by noon local time Friday.

This move is designed to prevent scooters from becoming high-speed projectiles when the winds start picking up.

Miami officials held a briefing Wednesday to advise residents about Hurricane Dorian preparations, according to the Miami Herald.

City Commissioner Ken Russell tweeted Thursday that companies must remove scooters from streets by mid-Friday before wind speeds increase Saturday.

He reinforced his point with scooternado.

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Peter Garvey 2019-08-30

The sight of rentable electric scooters and bikes flying down the street is becoming increasingly common in cities across the U.S., but there’s usually someone on them at the time.

With Hurricane Dorian gathering strength and heading straight for major cities in Florida, these relatively robust contraptions can become destructive and potentially lethal projectiles as they’re whipped up by the strong winds and flung in random directions.

Intent on limiting damage caused by flying objects, officials in Miami have ordered all of the app-based rental services — Bird, Jump, and Lime among them — to clear their dockless scooters and bikes from the city’s streets until Dorian has passed, Bloomberg reported.

A Bird spokesperson told Digital Trends that in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian’s arrival some time on Monday, September 2, it’s working closely with local authorities and has a team closely dedicated to monitoring weather conditions, adding, “Out of an abundance of caution, we are collecting and safely storing our scooters in Miami.”

Jump, too, said it’s currently removing all of its scooters from the streets of Miami, with the operation likely to be completed by Friday morning.

“We continue to monitor the storm and if it impacts the other Florida market in which Jump scooters are available, Tampa, we will do the same in a timely manner,” the company told Digital Trends.

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Diane Thomason 2019-08-31
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Hurricane Dorian is heading toward the east coast of the US, where it may impact Florida while ultimately aiming for the Carolinas and Georgia.

Dorian developed into an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm on Friday and packed maximum sustained winds of 150 mph as of Saturday.

The Bahamas are in immediate danger from the hurricane, which is expected to hit the islands on Sunday.

The Old Bahama Bay Resort has a live cam that streams inlet and ocean views.

EarthCam has curated a selection of Florida webcams on its extreme-weather page.

These include views from Riviera Beach, Hillsboro Beach and Daytona.

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Troy Jones 2019-09-02
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Craig Wright, the bloke who’s claimed to be Bitcoin BTC creator Satoshi Nakamoto more times than we can count, has now blamed a hurricane for being unprepared to challenge a recent court order, CoinDesk reports.

A court document submitted by Wright’s defense reads: “Counsel for Dr. Wright have been diligently working on meeting this deadline, however, Central and South Florida are currently threatened by a major hurricane.”

“Hurricane Dorian is expected to make landfall in Florida early next week and counsel for Dr. Wright have been expending significant time preparing for the hurricane, which has limited their ability to work on this matter,” it continued.

It formally requests an additional fourteen days so that Wright’s may challenge the order, which would make it due on September 24, 2019.

Wright’s defense also promised that this ‘hurricane excuse’ is totally “in good faith and not for the purposes of delay.”

Wright says he has 1.1 million BTC, and he’s gotta give up half

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Toby Taft 2019-08-30
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With Hurricane Dorian expected to hit Florida as soon as Monday, The Weather Channel has rolled out another of its Immersive Mixed Reality (IMR) segments, which give viewers an up-close look at the devastating effects of major weather events.

This time, the network partnered with State Farm, integrating the insurance company into the segment about hurricane preparation.

Hosted by Weather Channel meteorologist Stephanie Abrams, the video—which first aired this morning—explains to audiences how to best prepare for a hurricane, starting from 48 hours out, up until just as the storm makes landfall.

Virtually placed in front of a home, Abrams gives safety and evacuation tips as the weather intensifies around her.

While previous IMR segments have featured more passive brand partnerships—last fall, a segment on how bad weather impacts a quarterback’s ability to throw the football included the SEC logo—this is the first one that explicitly integrates the sponsor into the video.

Abrams stands next to and uses a State Farm bag as she talks about the importance of protecting insurance papers and other documents during severe weather events like hurricanes; the State Farm logo also pops up on a Weather Channel segment airing on a TV inside the house that Abrams is in front of.

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Malcolm Vanderveen 2019-08-29
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As Hurricane Dorian heads toward Florida, The Kennedy Space Center is preparing for what could be a Category 3 storm.

In a tweet Wednesday, NASA posted video explaining how it was going to use a crawler transporter to pick up and take its mobile launcher inside the Vehicle Assembly Building as a "precautionary move."

The video explained that the crawler transporter is the vehicle that moves spacecraft around the launch complex.

Meanwhile, the mobile launcher is about 400-feet tall, making it the kind of structure you might want to move out of the way of a hurricane.

It's needed to "assemble, process and launch NASA's powerful space launch rocket and Orion spacecraft."

NASA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Robert Rock 2019-09-10
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The founder of Coral Vita, a coral-growing operation based Grand Bahama, had that awful, hair-raising stench in his nose all day on Thursday as he drove around trying to help those in need.

The hurricane struck the Bahamas as a Category 5 storm with winds of 185 mph.

That wind – as well as the rain and storm surge – caused major infrastructure damage across the island, and the oil facility wasn’t spared.

He drove past the facility on his way to cut-off communities on the island’s east end.

“I didn’t smell the oil until we got closer to the slick on the highway, but once you were there, it was pretty apparent, which is saying something considering that earlier and later in the day, you could definitely smell death from the hurricane,” he said.

Equinor is mobilising a cleanup team to the island “as soon as possible,” according to its release.

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Dwayne Alcorn 2019-09-10
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Two Civil War cannonballs have been discovered on a South Carolina beach in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

“As per our policy, we notified the Charleston County EOD [Explosive Ordnance Disposal] team who also responded and assisted with notifying the military EOD team.”

“It was determined to be a cannonball (one larger 8” shell and one 3” shell),” the spokesman added.

“We were advised the military EOD team will handle disposing of the ordnance.”

DOES THIS PHOTO OF ULYSSES S. GRANT LOOK STRANGE TO YOU?

“Eventually Folly Island had the capacity to hold up to 13,000 troops and their equipment,” the city says, adding that that island was used as a base for the battle to retake Fort Sumter.

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George Mitchell 2019-03-19
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The San Francisco-based company is developing an “immersive fiction app” that is inspired by experimental storytelling such as Netflix’s Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, where the viewers could make choices for the show’s characters.

The money comes from game-focused investors March Capital Partners, with participation from London Venture Partners (LVP) and others.

(Two leaders from those firms, Gregory Milken of March Capital Partners and David Gardner of LVP, will speak on game investing at our GamesBeat Summit 2019 event in Los Angeles on April 23 and April 24).

Immersive storytelling is a rapidly growing category, and the funding will give help Dorian deliver multiple stories for different audiences, with the first focus on millennial and Gen Z women.

“Dorian was started by women in leadership roles, which helps us create stories that feature diverse and

authentic female role-models that are scarce in interactive entertainment and particularly in games,”

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William Ly 2019-08-30
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Hurricane Dorian is due to hit land over the coming days, with the increasingly powerful storm rising to become a category 2 hurricane Thursday night.

The power of the storm, which could become a category 4 hurricane with winds up to 140 mph when it hits Florida early next week, was on full display as captured by meteorologist Dakota Smith.

In a tweet Friday morning, Smith shared an image of the many lightning shows taking place inside the massive storm.

"Hurricane Dorian putting on a lightning show tonight.

A subsequent tweet showcased the scale of Dorian, which is set to hit Florida as soon as Monday evening and as late as Tuesday morning, according to CBS News weather producer David Parkinson.

The images Smith created come from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's GOES-East satellite, which the NOAA shared from its own Twitter account later.

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Irene Diaz 2019-09-04
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The science behind Hurricane Dorian, why vaping is killing mice, and how a Bugatti became the first production car to surpass 300 miles per hour.

Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

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Why Hurricane Dorian defied forecasts and sank the Bahamas

Hurricane Dorian has greatly surpassed predictions of its strength, and its unpredictability has left the residents in its path terrified.

One of the reasons for this unpredictability, and the storm's rapid intensification, is warming global temperatures.

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Matt Ouellette 2019-09-01
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They also get a false sense of security when the calm eye of a hurricane passes through.

The National Hurricane Center responded on Twitter to videos from the Abacos island group in the Bahamas that showed up on social media on Sunday.

The videos came from residents who ventured out into the eye of Hurricane Dorian, a raging Category 5 storm that is kicking out maximum sustained winds of 180 mph.

One of the videos from Sunday showed wreckage spilled across the ground.

"Everyone should take shelter immediately as winds will increase rapidly and unpredictably after the eye passes," the National Hurricane Center warned.

The only people who really have business venturing into the eye of a hurricane are the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Hurricane Hunters.

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Thomas Brazier 2019-08-29
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NASA has shared a video showing Hurricane Dorian as seen from the International Space Station.

The storm was captured as it ‘churned over the Atlantic Ocean,’ according to the space agency, which caught views of the hurricane during the early afternoon on August 29.

In addition to sharing the video on YouTube, NASA is also making the footage available for the public to download.

The hurricane was captured by a camera that is mounted outside of the International Space Station, according to NASA.

An official explains in the video that the ISS was passing over Cuba when the views were captured, giving the public an unprecedented look at the massive storm.

NASA has a number of satellites that monitor conditions on Earth.

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Efrain Johnson 2019-08-30
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The big four US wireless carriers -- Verizon, AT, T-Mobile and Sprint -- have taken to social media to ensure customers they're taking steps to help keep people connected as Hurricane Dorian draws near.

Verizon tweeted on Friday that it's offering unlimited calling, texting and data for customers in the path of the hurricane.

In a blog post, the carrier said its prepaid, postpaid and small business customers in the path of the hurricane will have unlimited calling, data and texting from Sept. 2- Sept. 9.

"Floridians are in our thoughts as they get ready for Dorian to make landfall," John Granby, Verizon consumer Group South Area president, said in the post.

"We know that people have a lot of work to do in order to prepare for a major hurricane, and this is one small thing we can do to ensure they are able to connect worry-free before, during and after the storm."

The same day, AT tweeted that it's waiving data overages in the affected Florida areas from Sept. 2- Sept. 8.

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Joseph White 2019-08-30
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As the vice president of nautical and port operations for Carnival Cruise Line, Thorton and his team in Miami, Fla., prepare for Dorian like they do every hurricane season, ensuring that the Carnival fleet is out of harm’s way.

Ron DeSantis has already declared a state of emergency, Dorian is expected to make landfall as a Category 4 hurricane with sustained wind speeds up to 130-156 mph.

By then, Carnival and other cruise lines will have already seen it coming, dispersing their fleet and changing itineraries to avoid the storm.

While the Atlantic hurricane season officially kicks off June 1 and lasts until Nov. 30, the peak for storms and hurricanes occurs between August and October.

Even during hurricane season, storms will disrupt the itineraries of less than 10% of Carnival’s 1,700 cruises.

Cruise ships travel 22 knots per hour, which is about twice the speed of the average hurricane, making avoiding tropical systems possible.

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Alex Blair 2019-09-02
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During the overnight hours, Hurricane Dorian has pounded the northern Bahamas with devastating winds, storm surge levels of 20 feet above normal, and very heavy rainfall.

Dorian has tied the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 with the highest landfalling wind speeds in the Atlantic basin, hitting Great Abaco Island with 185-mph winds.

As of 8am ET, the National Hurricane Center estimated winds at 165 mph.

Another significant problem is that as high pressure to the north of Dorian has weakened during the last 24 hours, causing the storm's steering currents to collapse.

This has led Dorian to essentially halt over Grand Bahama Island on Monday morning, prolonging the Category 5 hurricane misery over the northern Bahamas.

The tweet from the National Hurricane Center's Eric Blake demonstrates this painful stall over the Bahamas.

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Jerry Anderson 2019-08-30
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Hurricane Dorian could make landfall in Florida late Monday or Tuesday.

In preparation, the city of Miami has ordered electric scooters off the streets by noon local time Friday.

This move is designed to prevent scooters from becoming high-speed projectiles when the winds start picking up.

Miami officials held a briefing Wednesday to advise residents about Hurricane Dorian preparations, according to the Miami Herald.

City Commissioner Ken Russell tweeted Thursday that companies must remove scooters from streets by mid-Friday before wind speeds increase Saturday.

He reinforced his point with scooternado.

Diane Thomason 2019-08-31
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Hurricane Dorian is heading toward the east coast of the US, where it may impact Florida while ultimately aiming for the Carolinas and Georgia.

Dorian developed into an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm on Friday and packed maximum sustained winds of 150 mph as of Saturday.

The Bahamas are in immediate danger from the hurricane, which is expected to hit the islands on Sunday.

The Old Bahama Bay Resort has a live cam that streams inlet and ocean views.

EarthCam has curated a selection of Florida webcams on its extreme-weather page.

These include views from Riviera Beach, Hillsboro Beach and Daytona.

Toby Taft 2019-08-30
img

With Hurricane Dorian expected to hit Florida as soon as Monday, The Weather Channel has rolled out another of its Immersive Mixed Reality (IMR) segments, which give viewers an up-close look at the devastating effects of major weather events.

This time, the network partnered with State Farm, integrating the insurance company into the segment about hurricane preparation.

Hosted by Weather Channel meteorologist Stephanie Abrams, the video—which first aired this morning—explains to audiences how to best prepare for a hurricane, starting from 48 hours out, up until just as the storm makes landfall.

Virtually placed in front of a home, Abrams gives safety and evacuation tips as the weather intensifies around her.

While previous IMR segments have featured more passive brand partnerships—last fall, a segment on how bad weather impacts a quarterback’s ability to throw the football included the SEC logo—this is the first one that explicitly integrates the sponsor into the video.

Abrams stands next to and uses a State Farm bag as she talks about the importance of protecting insurance papers and other documents during severe weather events like hurricanes; the State Farm logo also pops up on a Weather Channel segment airing on a TV inside the house that Abrams is in front of.

Robert Rock 2019-09-10
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The founder of Coral Vita, a coral-growing operation based Grand Bahama, had that awful, hair-raising stench in his nose all day on Thursday as he drove around trying to help those in need.

The hurricane struck the Bahamas as a Category 5 storm with winds of 185 mph.

That wind – as well as the rain and storm surge – caused major infrastructure damage across the island, and the oil facility wasn’t spared.

He drove past the facility on his way to cut-off communities on the island’s east end.

“I didn’t smell the oil until we got closer to the slick on the highway, but once you were there, it was pretty apparent, which is saying something considering that earlier and later in the day, you could definitely smell death from the hurricane,” he said.

Equinor is mobilising a cleanup team to the island “as soon as possible,” according to its release.

George Mitchell 2019-03-19
img

The San Francisco-based company is developing an “immersive fiction app” that is inspired by experimental storytelling such as Netflix’s Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, where the viewers could make choices for the show’s characters.

The money comes from game-focused investors March Capital Partners, with participation from London Venture Partners (LVP) and others.

(Two leaders from those firms, Gregory Milken of March Capital Partners and David Gardner of LVP, will speak on game investing at our GamesBeat Summit 2019 event in Los Angeles on April 23 and April 24).

Immersive storytelling is a rapidly growing category, and the funding will give help Dorian deliver multiple stories for different audiences, with the first focus on millennial and Gen Z women.

“Dorian was started by women in leadership roles, which helps us create stories that feature diverse and

authentic female role-models that are scarce in interactive entertainment and particularly in games,”

Irene Diaz 2019-09-04
img

The science behind Hurricane Dorian, why vaping is killing mice, and how a Bugatti became the first production car to surpass 300 miles per hour.

Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an email every weekday?

Why Hurricane Dorian defied forecasts and sank the Bahamas

Hurricane Dorian has greatly surpassed predictions of its strength, and its unpredictability has left the residents in its path terrified.

One of the reasons for this unpredictability, and the storm's rapid intensification, is warming global temperatures.

Thomas Brazier 2019-08-29
img

NASA has shared a video showing Hurricane Dorian as seen from the International Space Station.

The storm was captured as it ‘churned over the Atlantic Ocean,’ according to the space agency, which caught views of the hurricane during the early afternoon on August 29.

In addition to sharing the video on YouTube, NASA is also making the footage available for the public to download.

The hurricane was captured by a camera that is mounted outside of the International Space Station, according to NASA.

An official explains in the video that the ISS was passing over Cuba when the views were captured, giving the public an unprecedented look at the massive storm.

NASA has a number of satellites that monitor conditions on Earth.

Joseph White 2019-08-30
img

As the vice president of nautical and port operations for Carnival Cruise Line, Thorton and his team in Miami, Fla., prepare for Dorian like they do every hurricane season, ensuring that the Carnival fleet is out of harm’s way.

Ron DeSantis has already declared a state of emergency, Dorian is expected to make landfall as a Category 4 hurricane with sustained wind speeds up to 130-156 mph.

By then, Carnival and other cruise lines will have already seen it coming, dispersing their fleet and changing itineraries to avoid the storm.

While the Atlantic hurricane season officially kicks off June 1 and lasts until Nov. 30, the peak for storms and hurricanes occurs between August and October.

Even during hurricane season, storms will disrupt the itineraries of less than 10% of Carnival’s 1,700 cruises.

Cruise ships travel 22 knots per hour, which is about twice the speed of the average hurricane, making avoiding tropical systems possible.

Peter Garvey 2019-08-30

The sight of rentable electric scooters and bikes flying down the street is becoming increasingly common in cities across the U.S., but there’s usually someone on them at the time.

With Hurricane Dorian gathering strength and heading straight for major cities in Florida, these relatively robust contraptions can become destructive and potentially lethal projectiles as they’re whipped up by the strong winds and flung in random directions.

Intent on limiting damage caused by flying objects, officials in Miami have ordered all of the app-based rental services — Bird, Jump, and Lime among them — to clear their dockless scooters and bikes from the city’s streets until Dorian has passed, Bloomberg reported.

A Bird spokesperson told Digital Trends that in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian’s arrival some time on Monday, September 2, it’s working closely with local authorities and has a team closely dedicated to monitoring weather conditions, adding, “Out of an abundance of caution, we are collecting and safely storing our scooters in Miami.”

Jump, too, said it’s currently removing all of its scooters from the streets of Miami, with the operation likely to be completed by Friday morning.

“We continue to monitor the storm and if it impacts the other Florida market in which Jump scooters are available, Tampa, we will do the same in a timely manner,” the company told Digital Trends.

Troy Jones 2019-09-02
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Craig Wright, the bloke who’s claimed to be Bitcoin BTC creator Satoshi Nakamoto more times than we can count, has now blamed a hurricane for being unprepared to challenge a recent court order, CoinDesk reports.

A court document submitted by Wright’s defense reads: “Counsel for Dr. Wright have been diligently working on meeting this deadline, however, Central and South Florida are currently threatened by a major hurricane.”

“Hurricane Dorian is expected to make landfall in Florida early next week and counsel for Dr. Wright have been expending significant time preparing for the hurricane, which has limited their ability to work on this matter,” it continued.

It formally requests an additional fourteen days so that Wright’s may challenge the order, which would make it due on September 24, 2019.

Wright’s defense also promised that this ‘hurricane excuse’ is totally “in good faith and not for the purposes of delay.”

Wright says he has 1.1 million BTC, and he’s gotta give up half

Malcolm Vanderveen 2019-08-29
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As Hurricane Dorian heads toward Florida, The Kennedy Space Center is preparing for what could be a Category 3 storm.

In a tweet Wednesday, NASA posted video explaining how it was going to use a crawler transporter to pick up and take its mobile launcher inside the Vehicle Assembly Building as a "precautionary move."

The video explained that the crawler transporter is the vehicle that moves spacecraft around the launch complex.

Meanwhile, the mobile launcher is about 400-feet tall, making it the kind of structure you might want to move out of the way of a hurricane.

It's needed to "assemble, process and launch NASA's powerful space launch rocket and Orion spacecraft."

NASA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Dwayne Alcorn 2019-09-10
img

Two Civil War cannonballs have been discovered on a South Carolina beach in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

“As per our policy, we notified the Charleston County EOD [Explosive Ordnance Disposal] team who also responded and assisted with notifying the military EOD team.”

“It was determined to be a cannonball (one larger 8” shell and one 3” shell),” the spokesman added.

“We were advised the military EOD team will handle disposing of the ordnance.”

DOES THIS PHOTO OF ULYSSES S. GRANT LOOK STRANGE TO YOU?

“Eventually Folly Island had the capacity to hold up to 13,000 troops and their equipment,” the city says, adding that that island was used as a base for the battle to retake Fort Sumter.

William Ly 2019-08-30
img

Hurricane Dorian is due to hit land over the coming days, with the increasingly powerful storm rising to become a category 2 hurricane Thursday night.

The power of the storm, which could become a category 4 hurricane with winds up to 140 mph when it hits Florida early next week, was on full display as captured by meteorologist Dakota Smith.

In a tweet Friday morning, Smith shared an image of the many lightning shows taking place inside the massive storm.

"Hurricane Dorian putting on a lightning show tonight.

A subsequent tweet showcased the scale of Dorian, which is set to hit Florida as soon as Monday evening and as late as Tuesday morning, according to CBS News weather producer David Parkinson.

The images Smith created come from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's GOES-East satellite, which the NOAA shared from its own Twitter account later.

Matt Ouellette 2019-09-01
img

They also get a false sense of security when the calm eye of a hurricane passes through.

The National Hurricane Center responded on Twitter to videos from the Abacos island group in the Bahamas that showed up on social media on Sunday.

The videos came from residents who ventured out into the eye of Hurricane Dorian, a raging Category 5 storm that is kicking out maximum sustained winds of 180 mph.

One of the videos from Sunday showed wreckage spilled across the ground.

"Everyone should take shelter immediately as winds will increase rapidly and unpredictably after the eye passes," the National Hurricane Center warned.

The only people who really have business venturing into the eye of a hurricane are the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Hurricane Hunters.

Efrain Johnson 2019-08-30
img

The big four US wireless carriers -- Verizon, AT, T-Mobile and Sprint -- have taken to social media to ensure customers they're taking steps to help keep people connected as Hurricane Dorian draws near.

Verizon tweeted on Friday that it's offering unlimited calling, texting and data for customers in the path of the hurricane.

In a blog post, the carrier said its prepaid, postpaid and small business customers in the path of the hurricane will have unlimited calling, data and texting from Sept. 2- Sept. 9.

"Floridians are in our thoughts as they get ready for Dorian to make landfall," John Granby, Verizon consumer Group South Area president, said in the post.

"We know that people have a lot of work to do in order to prepare for a major hurricane, and this is one small thing we can do to ensure they are able to connect worry-free before, during and after the storm."

The same day, AT tweeted that it's waiving data overages in the affected Florida areas from Sept. 2- Sept. 8.

Alex Blair 2019-09-02
img

During the overnight hours, Hurricane Dorian has pounded the northern Bahamas with devastating winds, storm surge levels of 20 feet above normal, and very heavy rainfall.

Dorian has tied the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 with the highest landfalling wind speeds in the Atlantic basin, hitting Great Abaco Island with 185-mph winds.

As of 8am ET, the National Hurricane Center estimated winds at 165 mph.

Another significant problem is that as high pressure to the north of Dorian has weakened during the last 24 hours, causing the storm's steering currents to collapse.

This has led Dorian to essentially halt over Grand Bahama Island on Monday morning, prolonging the Category 5 hurricane misery over the northern Bahamas.

The tweet from the National Hurricane Center's Eric Blake demonstrates this painful stall over the Bahamas.