—APA Offices have re-opened today and all is “business as usual.” Hurricane Dorian is now situated approximately 115 miles east of Jacksonville, Florida. All hurricane warnings for Florida have expired. Hurricane warnings still exist for the coasts of South Carolina and southeastern North Carolina. Church of the Redeemer on Hilton Head Island, SC and All Saints Church, Wilmington, NC are still in the path of Hurricane Dorian. Holy Trinity Church, Fernandina Beach, FL, is likely experiencing tropical storm force winds as of this update. No churches in Florida have reported any damage from the passing of the hurricane.
—Early this morning, Hurricane Dorian made its expected turn to the north after being stationary over Grand Bahama Island for a day. The hurricane is now projected to travel parallel to the U.S. coast and then head into the north Atlantic Ocean. No APA parishes have reported sustaining any damage as the storm approached Florida. Due to the storm’s proximity to the coastline, the following APA parishes are likely to feel the effects of tropical storm force winds over the course of the next two days (parishes listed from south to north):
—Hurricane Dorian continues its very slow movement west. It is currently over the island of Grand Bahama as a Category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 165 mph. All forecasting models show that Dorian will make a turn to the north and travel up the coast of the southeastern United States. The only question at present seems to be when that turn will occur.
Mandatory evacuations of all low lying areas have been ordered from Palm Beach County, Florida up through the State of South Carolina.
APA churches in the path of this storm are listed below, traveling from south to north:
Original post 30 Aug 2019: Earlier today, Presiding Bishop Walter Grundorf sent out a communique to all the clergy, deaconesses, and lay leaders of the Anglican Province of America (APA) regarding the status of the APA and Diocese of the Eastern United States (DEUS) offices in face of the oncoming Hurricane Dorian. He writes, “The APA offices are located in Oviedo, Florida, a suburb of Orlando and in the path of the hurricane. The hurricane is projected to hit South Florida and most likely make a path northward up the middle of Florida so it could potentially impact several of the DEUS churches.
Therefore, the APA and Cathedral office will be securing the office and closing around 3:00 pm today [August 30, 2019]. The hurricane has slowed down, so it is likely to impact our area for multiple days next week. Since both Bishop Grundorf and Suffragan Bishop Bill Perkins are in Florida, please direct urgent DEUS issues to our Bishop Coadjutor, the Rt. Rev. Chandler Jones, who is in the Atlanta area. His cell phone is (404) 313-9448 and email is email@example.com. ”
Prayers are requested for all those in the path of this major hurricane.
Updates, as needed, will be posted here on this website. If you have hurricane update information as the storm makes its onto the U.S. mainland, please contact Archdeacon Erich Zwingert at 828-620-0860 (call or text) or via his email firstname.lastname@example.org so that we may immediately disseminate information on the circumstances in which our parishes and faithful members find themselves.