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Boston ‘Straight Pride’ parade clashes with protesters, ends with dozens of arrests; police injured: report

A “Straight Pride” parade in Boston was met with counter-protests on Saturday and reportedly led to a handful of officers suffering injuries and almost three dozen arrests.

The controversial rally held in the downtown area led to a clash between Super Happy Fun America, the group that organized the parade, and protesters who criticized the event as homophobic.

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A transgender Trump supporter, center, marches in the Straight Pride Parade in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

The Boston Police Department said it plans to review officers’ use of force during the demonstrations, and will also look into reports of four officers who suffered non-life threatening injuries.

About 200 people marched in the “Straight Parade” to celebrate traditional families and defend heterosexuality, reported the Boston Globe. Marchers were reportedly outnumbered along the parade route by thousands of protesters, who gathered behind police barricades near City Hall.

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Counterprotesters, including one wearing a horse mask, line the route of the Straight Pride Parade in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Parade participants held up signs promoting pro-military and pro-Trump messages, including “Support our troops” and “Build the wall and crime will fall.” according to local FOX affiliate WDAF-TV.

Counter-protesters hit back at marchers with chants of their own.

“Alt right, get off our streets, no justice, no peace,” protesters said.  They also aimed their focus at police, reportedly chanting, “Who do you serve? Who do you protect?”

“I’m outraged by the idea that straight people need a pride parade,” parade attendee Shoshanna Ehrlich told WDAF-TV. “We are not an oppressed majority by any stretch of the imagination. This is full of hate and offensive.”

According to the event organizing group’s website, the purpose of the “Straight Pride” parade was to “achieve inclusivity and spread awareness of issues impacting straights in Greater Boston and beyond.”

The group claims it “advocates on behalf of the straight community in order to build respect.”

Milo Yiannopoulos, an openly gay right-wing political commentator and writer, was the grand marshal.

The Saturday march was also condemned by Rep. Ayanna Pressley, who represents the Boston area. The Democrat congresswoman slammed the event as a “hate march.”

“TY to the allies & accomplices who stood in the gap & laid their bodies on the line today in affront #LGBT hate march,” Pressley said in the statement Saturday. “To everyone feeling unseen & vulnerable today…we got you. Equitable outrage. Our destinies & freedoms are tied.”

On Sunday, Boston police confirmed 36 people had been arrested and charged. They are due to be arraigned in municipal court.

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“We respect the rights of individuals to protest and take part in the democratic process. However, that right never trumps acts of violence or behavior that creates a risk for other participants, bystanders, or police,” Renee Alagrin, a Suffolk District Attorney’s office spokesman, said in a statement.

“We’re reviewing each arrest and will make informed decisions based on the facts of each and the policies of this office.”

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Disney says staff is safe on Bahama’s Castaway Cay: report

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Disney told social media users late Sunday that its staffers located on Castaway Cay in the Bahamas were safe and the company has taken “extensive measures” to ensure their safety while the island is thrashed by Hurricane Dorian, a report said.

The Miami Herald reported that Castaway Cay is an island located near Great Abaco Island. The report said Disney claims it owns the island.

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Meg Green, the sister of one of the employees on the island, took to Twitter to ask the company why her sibling “is stuck in the middle of a Cat 5 hurricane.”

HURRICANE DORIAN’S PATH

According to the Herald, she tweeted, “Remember that time [Disney Cruises] left 97 employees on a tiny island in a Category 5 hurricane? I do.”

The tweet was later deleted.

The Herald reported that a spokesperson for Disney said the island was closed for guests.  The employees would be safe because there is a shelter there stocked with water and food, the spokesperson said.

It was unclear how many employees were in place on the island. Disney reportedly said it is in touch with them hourly. The company did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Fox News.

The company said in a statement that Castaway Cay is south of “the more significant weather and is currently experiencing tropical-storm-force winds, which based on the current forecast, are expected for the next several hours before gradually diminishing.”

As of 3 a.m. ET, Dorian’s eye is crawling over the Bahamas’ northernmost island, but residents are warned not to leave their shelters.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Dorian’s top sustained winds have further decreased to 170 mph. The Category 5’s movement has slowed to a 2 mph crawl westward.

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The 3 a.m. Sunday advisory warns residents on Grand Bahama to remain in their shelters as the eye passes over, as winds will rapidly pick back up once the eye moves.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Djokovic booed by crowd after retiring at US Open with bad shoulder

NEW YORK (AP) — Novak Djokovic’s left shoulder was aching, his chances were fading in the fourth round against Stan Wawrinka and, soon enough, the U.S. Open‘s defending champion and No. 1 seed was out of the tournament, leaving to a chorus of boos.

Djokovic shook his head as he walked over to the chair umpire to say he was retiring from the match because of that shoulder while trailing 6-4, 7-5, 2-1 and being thoroughly outplayed Sunday night.

“The pain was constant for weeks now,” Djokovic said.

Perhaps confused by the sudden turn of events, and likely disappointed in the brevity of the show they got to watch for their expensive tickets, some spectators jeered as Djokovic walked off the court in Arthur Ashe Stadium to head toward the locker room, his two equipment bags over his other shoulder. He responded with a thumbs-up.

“I’m sorry for the crowd. Obviously they came to see a full match, and just wasn’t to be,” Djokovic said at his news conference. “I mean, a lot of people didn’t know what’s happening, so you cannot blame them.”

The 32-year-old Serb explained that he had been “taking different stuff to kill the pain instantly; sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.”

‘RUSSIA’S DANIIL MEDVEDEV TROLLS BOOING US OPEN CROWD: ‘I WON BECAUSE OF YOU’

Djokovic had won 36 of his past 37 Grand Slam matches, and four of the last five major titles, in one of the most dominant stretches the sport has seen. That pushed his Slam trophy total to 16, moving within four of Roger Federer’s record 20, and within two of Rafael Nadal’s 18.

“Look, it’s no secret that I have, of course, desire and a goal to reach the most Slams, and reach Roger’s record. But at the same time, it’s a long road ahead hopefully for me. I hope I can play for many more years. I’m planning to. I mean, I don’t see an end behind the corner at all,” said Djokovic, who had been 11-0 in fourth-rounders at Flushing Meadows until this one. “Now it’s a matter of keeping my body and mind in shape and trying to still peak at these kind of events that are majors and that are the most significant in our sport.”

When it was over, Wawrinka gave Djokovic a hug.

“It’s never the way you want to finish the match,” said the No. 23-seeded Wawrinka, who will face No. 5 Daniil Medvedev in the quarterfinals. “I feel sorry for Novak.”

Djokovic entered the night with a 19-5 head-to-head edge against Wawrinka across their careers. This, though, was their first meeting since the 2016 U.S. Open final, won by Wawrinka.

According to the ATP, this was the 13th mid-match retirement of Djokovic’s career, his sixth at a Grand Slam tournament.

This outcome scuttles the much-discussed possibility of a semifinal in New York between Djokovic and Federer, which would have been a rematch of their historic Wimbledon final in July. Djokovic won that one in an unprecedented fifth-set tiebreaker after nearly five hours.

The winner of Wawrinka vs. Medvedev will face the winner of Federer vs. Grigor Dimitrov in the semifinals.

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Djokovic began complaining about his left shoulder during a second-round victory on Wednesday, when he repeatedly got massaged by a trainer during changeovers.

He won his next match Friday, looking good and declaring his shoulder much improved, although he refused to disclose any details of the injury or what type of treatment he had received.

While Djokovic is a righty, he uses his left arm for the ball tosses on his serves and to grip the racket for his two-fisted backhands.

His bid for a fourth U.S. Open championship suddenly dissipated Sunday at the conclusion of what for him amounted to a listless and ineffective effort.

Against Wawrinka, a three-time major champion himself, Djokovic never quite had the usual verve on his shots or range on his formidable service returns. He was out of sorts on all manner of shots, accumulating 30 unforced errors and only 12 winners through the first two sets.

“For sure, I could see some little (signs) that he was in trouble,” Wawrinka said.

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Djokovic managed to lead 3-0 and 4-1 in the second set, but that was just about all he had in him. Soon he was trying to take shortcuts to avoid lengthy points, and nothing was working.

When that set ended, Djokovic had a trainer on for a massage, but soon thereafter, his title defense was over.

“You just know when you know, I guess,” Djokovic said, “when you feel like you’re not able to hit (a) shot anymore.”

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Texas shooting victims include dad gunned down in front of wife, kids

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A 40-year-old former teacher died Saturday during a shooting spree in West Texas after he was shot while sitting in traffic in front of his wife and two children, a report said.

Joseph Griffith was remembered by his family for his sense of humor and his dedication to his family, The Odessa American newspaper reported. He worked six days a week to support his family and was killed while on his way with his family to have their portraits taken, according to the paper.

GUNMAN LOST JOB HOURS BEFORE :  REPORT

“This maniac pulled up next to him and shot him, took his life, murdered my baby brother,” Carla Byrne, his sister, told The Washington Post.

Authorities in Texas are working to determine what led to the shooting rampage that started with a traffic stop on Saturday and ended when the gunman—who was identified  in a press release—was gunned down in a movie theater parking lot in Odessa. He killed seven and injured 22.

Among the victims included a 29-year-old mail carrier who was “carjacked and murdered” while on the job. Authorities said there were about 15 crime scenes.

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The 22 injured included three law enforcement officers and a 17-month-old who will undergo an operation on Monday to remove shrapnel from her chest.

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A 40-year-old former teacher died Saturday during a shooting spree in West Texas after he was shot while sitting in traffic in front of his wife and two children, a report said.

Joseph Griffith was remembered by his family for his sense of humor and his dedication to his family, The Odessa American newspaper reported. He worked six days a week to support his family and was killed while on his way with his family to have their portraits taken, according to the paper.

GUNMAN LOST JOB HOURS BEFORE :  REPORT

“This maniac pulled up next to him and shot him, took his life, murdered my baby brother,” Carla Byrne, his sister, told The Washington Post.

Authorities in Texas are working to determine what led to the shooting rampage that started with a traffic stop on Saturday and ended when the gunman—who was identified  in a press release—was gunned down in a movie theater parking lot in Odessa. He killed seven and injured 22.

Among the victims included a 29-year-old mail carrier who was “carjacked and murdered” while on the job. Authorities said there were about 15 crime scenes.

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The 22 injured included three law enforcement officers and a 17-month-old who will undergo an operation on Monday to remove shrapnel from her chest.

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Hurricane Dorian is the strongest storm to ever threaten Florida’s East Coast, batters Bahamas

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Florida weather officials warned late Sunday that Hurricane Dorian—the Category 5 monster that continues to batter parts of the Bahamas with 185 mph winds— is the strongest storm to ever threaten the state’s East Coast.

The storm—which was about 135 miles east of West Palm Beach as of 11:35 p.m. ET Sunday—is still considered unpredictable. Millions of residents on the East Coast are watching to see if the storm will turn north in the next two days and spare the state with a direct hit.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DORIAN’S PATH

“No matter what path this storm takes, our state will be impacted,” Jared Moskowitz, the director of the state’s Department of Emergency Management, said. “We will continue to work around the clock to prepare.”

The National Hurricane Center on Sunday issued its first hurricane warning for parts of Florida related to Dorian. The storm has slowed early Monday and is moving west at 5 mph.

IF YOU’RE IN STORM’S PATH, YOU SHOULD KNOW THESE CRITICAL THINGS 

The warning affected areas from Juniper Inlet, in Palm Beach County — stretching from the state’s Atlantic coast into its rural center — to the Volusia-Brevard County line. A hurricane watch also was issued from the Volusia-Brevard County line to the Flagler-Volusia County line.  

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Glenn Richards, the chief meteorologist on Fox 35, said late Sunday that the forecast “turns Dorian northwest Monday afternoon/eve” and should keep the storm about 50-70 miles off the coast of Central Florida.

“This will produce tropical storm sustained winds and hurricane gusts along the coast with tropical-storm-force gusts inland. Still expecting 1-3 inches of rain inland with 3-6 inches near the coast,” he said. “Worst weather arrives early Tuesday and departs early Wednesday.”

The U.S. National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane watch for Florida’s East Coast from Deerfield Beach north to the Georgia state line. The same area was put under a storm surge watch. Lake Okeechobee was under a tropical storm watch.

Ken Graham, director of the hurricane center, urged people not to bet on safety just because the forecast track had the storm a bit offshore. With every new forecast, “we keep nudging (Dorian’s track) a little bit to the left” — that is, is closer to the Florida coast, Graham said.

The storm slammed into the Bahamas on Sunday as the strongest hurricane in modern records for the northwestern part of the islands.

FLIGHT CANCELLATIONS

Dr. Hubert Minnis, the prime minister of the Bahamas, cried on Sunday as he described the devastation left behind. Forecasters said Dorian was most likely to begin pulling away from the Bahamas early Tuesday.

“This is a deadly storm and a monster storm. I can only say to them, that I hope this is not the last time they will hear my voice and may God be with them,” he said.

There was little information from the affected islands, though officials expected many residents to be left homeless. Most people went to shelters as the storm approached, with tourist hotels shutting down and residents boarded up their homes.

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Dorian’s maximum sustained winds reached 185 mph, with gusts up to 220 mph, tying the record for the most powerful Atlantic hurricane to ever make landfall.

That equaled the Labor Day hurricane of 1935, before storms were named. The only recorded storm that was more powerful was Hurricane Allen in 1980, with 190 mph winds, though it did not make landfall at that strength.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued an order Sunday for the mandatory evacuation of his state’s entire coast. The order, which covers about 830,000 people, was to take effect at noon Monday, at which point state troopers were to make all lanes on major coastal highways one-way heading inland.

A few hours later, Georgia’s governor, Brian Kemp, ordered mandatory evacuations for that state’s Atlantic coast, also starting at midday Monday. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned his state that it could see heavy rain, winds and floods later in the week.

“As we continue to monitor this storm, all Floridians should follow local reports and heed the call for evacuations,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said. “We are ready to deploy assets as needed and will continue to monitor traffic and fuel levels as more counties come under hurricane watches and warnings.”

Fox News’ Frank Miles and the Associated Press contributed to this report

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Texas gunman was fired from job hours before shooting rampage: report

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Texas authorities on Sunday said the gunman who opened fire the day before—killing seven and injuring at least 22—had been fired from his trucking job just hours before the shooting rampage,  a report said.

The gunman was killed by law enforcement in a movie theater parking lot in the town of Odessa. It is believed he was acting alone and no motive was determined, The New York Times reported.

MAIL CARRIER AMONG THOSE KILLED IN THE SHOOTING SPREE

]The deceased victims ranged from 15 to 57. The gunman—who was identified in a press release Sunday—used an “AR-type weapon” in the rampage that had multiple crime scenes.

Law enforcement mentioned that this was a “different type” of active shooter situation because the gunman was “mobile,” the Times reported. President Trump praised police officers who engaged the gunman.

The shooting began around 3 p.m. Saturday after state troopers pulled over the gunman for making a left-handed turn without signaling.

In the chaos that followed, the suspect hijacked the mail carrier truck, Mary Granados, 29, and fired at random, investigators said.

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Authorities said 15 separate locations had been designated crime scenes. The 22 injured included three law enforcement officers and a 17-month-old who will undergo an operation on Monday to remove shrapnel from her chest.

Fox News’ Talia Kaplan and Robert Gearty contributed to this report

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Reese May: Hurricane Dorian is a monster storm – Three critical things Americans in its path need to know

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After disasters, we often see the best of America. Neighbors helping neighbors, the bravery of first responders, and an outpouring of support, volunteerism, and goods and services for those affected. As a nation, we are pretty good at “winning the response.” But response and recovery are very different endeavors.
 
Response is early, visible, urgent and fast. In the weeks and months following the disaster, many families remain displaced with no means to recover and no clear path home. Long-term recovery can be agonizingly slow.
 
We saw that with Katrina, and volunteering in St. Bernard Parish after that storm is what led Zack Rosenburg and Liz McCartney to create the St. Bernard Project, now SBP, a national organization dedicated to preventing people from being pushed beyond their breaking point after a disaster.

HURRICANE DORIAN’S PATH: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
 
Over the past 14 years, we’ve seen too many American citizens suffer because of three main factors: a delay between disaster and recovery, lack of a clear and predictable path forward, and lack of access to resources.  Based on our experience in 12 communities across the country, we offer the following suggestions for those in Dorian’s path:
 
1. Survivors must be prepared to fiercely advocate for themselves.
 
Disaster survivors cannot receive any type of federal assistance without first completing an application. It is the responsibility of survivors to apply for any and all assistance needed, while supplying all the supporting documentation. If applicants disagree with a decision, it is their right and responsibility to appeal that decision. The more accurately damage is reported, the better sense government, philanthropy, and service organizations will have about immediate and long-term recovery needs.

Over the past 14 years, we’ve seen too many American citizens suffer because of three main factors: a delay between disaster and recovery, lack of a clear and predictable path forward and lack of access to resources.

During a recovery training hosted by SBP in Paradise, Calif., in February, one resident shared that she had received six denials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) before finally receiving assistance. She would have given up but her 89-year-old mother intervened and drove her back to apply one last time.
 
2. Government must increase the predictability of recovery resources.
 
We’ve seen much greater flexibility and creativity by FEMA and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). That said, accurate, timely and fair damage inspections are needed, both for individual citizens and to enable federal appropriations and allocation processes to work more efficiently.

FEMA has begun exploring newer technologies, though its current method of damage assessment is susceptible to human error and is extremely time-consuming. Inspectors use pad and pen, or tablet devices, visually inspecting one home at a time and manually inputting information.

State and local government leaders should test the accuracy of the data they receive to ensure it is an accurate representation of damage and of individual and community needs. At the same time, construction and insurance companies are integrating technologies such as satellite imagery and flyover images into their practices. FEMA should continue to investigate and test the benefits of these newer methods of evaluation.
 
3. Americans should rethink charitable giving after a disaster and focus on both response and recovery.
 
After a disaster, 70 to 80 percent of total monetary donations are raised within the first two weeks, with most stakeholders opting to give to disaster relief and response organizations. In the ensuing weeks and months, many families remain displaced.

To address this glaring need, American’s must understand that charitable giving from businesses and corporations, individual donors and major foundations play a critical role in the first two to three years of a community’s recovery.

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These entities provide the raw materials for communities to build a bridge from the day the storm makes landfall to the arrival of federal assistance, some two years later. If corporations, foundations and individuals better understand the need, they can give to support long-term recovery efforts that enable families to return home — minimizing unnecessary suffering caused by a delayed recovery.
 
In Houston, J.J. Watt, the Houston Texans defensive lineman, recognized the value of long-term rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey. Watt’s foundation granted funding to SBP, which enabled us to build 100 homes in the first year. SBP then trained and sub-granted funding and AmeriCorps members to seven other smaller nonprofits, which also began rebuilding for families in need. At the two-year anniversary of Harvey, SBP and its partners have rebuilt 285 homes. Future recoveries will be better resourced if donors remember to support both the response and the recovery when planning charitable giving.

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Wherever Dorian makes landfall, Americans will do their part to help. Some will donate or volunteer—assisting communities and families regain what was lost.

Recent college graduates and civic-oriented individuals will join AmeriCorps and complete a term of service to drive meaningful results for fellow citizens. But despite the best intentions of many, the recovery process will be painfully long and slow. We can do better. Keeping these three issues in mind is a good place to start.

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West Point cadet falls to death at popular cliff-diving location

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A West Point cadet fell to his death at a popular cliff-diving spot upstate New York, according to cops.

The young man was “hanging onto a rock ledge” at Fawn’s Leap in the Green County town of Hunter when a portion of the rock suddenly broke off — causing his fatal tumble, police said in a press release.

Life saving measures were attempted at the scene, but were unsuccessful.

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The man, whose name was being withheld for 24 hours per Dept. of Defense policy, was described as a Cadet Candidate at the US Military Academy. It was unclear if he was attempting a dive at Fawn’s Leap when he fell.

The swimming hole is located along a stretch of Kaaterskill Creek, which is famous for its crystal-clear water and steep cliffs. Videos and pictures posted online show people taking epic leaps of faith — some at heights over 50 feet.

The area, which is roughly 110 miles north of Manhattan, has become a popular spot for Instagrammers.

At least four people have died while attempting to snap pictures for the gram, according to the New York Times, which spoke to a state forest ranger about the dangerous craze last August.

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“Just talking to people who come up here, they say, ‘Yeah, we saw this on the internet — we’re trying to find it,’ ” said Ranger Rob Dawson. “The unfortunate thing is, with those pictures, there’s nothing informing people that you could get seriously hurt here, too.”

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Hurricane Dorian triggers hundreds of flight cancellations on Labor Day weekend

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With Hurricane Dorian approaching the U.S., the major airlines are canceling hundreds of flights on Labor Day weekend.

More than 600 flights scheduled for Monday were canceled the day before, according to flight tracker FlightAware.

Most were flights out of Orlando.

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As of Sunday evening, there were 227 flight cancellations at Orlando’s main airport and an additional 62 at Orlando Sanford International Airport, according to FlightAware.

At Fort Lauderdale International Airport, cancellations numbered more than 160.

In West Palm Beach, cancellations were nearing 100 flights at the smaller Palm Beach International Airport.

In addition to potential storm damage, major travel headaches could be in store for this week.

Major airlines allowed travelers to change reservations without fees, big cruise lines rerouted their ships and Cumberland Island National Seashore off Georgia closed to visitors.

Disney World and Orlando’s other resorts held off announcing any closings for the time being.

For Florida, it’s likely to come down to a matter of a handful of miles between relative safety and potential devastation. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Dorian is forecast to be 40 to 50 miles off the Florida coast with hurricane-force wind speeds extending about 35 miles to the west.

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The National Hurricane Center Sunday morning issued a hurricane watch for Florida’s East Coast from Deerfield Beach north to the Volusia and Brevard county line. The same area was put under a storm surge watch as well. Lake Okeechobee was put under a tropical storm watch.

The hurricane struck the Bahamas, the largely flat archipelago southeast of Florida, on Sunday as a catastrophic Category 5 storm with 185 mph winds.

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