The Army Corps of Engineers activated its Jacksonville-based emergency operations center on Friday and began monitoring Tropical Storm Dorian, which could bring more rain to the region as it barrels west in the Atlantic.
By Friday afternoon Dorian’s winds had dropped to 45 miles per hour from 60 but the threat of tropical activity, coupled with normal summer rain, forced the corps Thursday to open its locks around Lake Okeechobee to full tilt to protect the aging Herbert Hoover Dike. The lake has been rising about 6 inches a week and at midnight on Thursday, stood at 15.63 feet.
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