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Hurricane Dorian Getting Stronger, Florida Declares State of Emergency

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Labor Day will be no holiday for Florida if Hurricane Dorian follows its projected path.

Edited by: JV Staff

The National Hurricane Center predicts Dorian will build into an “extremely dangerous” storm as it sucks up the warm Atlantic waters over the next three days.

The storm could slam into southeastern Florida early Monday as a Category 4 hurricane with winds of at least 209 kilometers per hour (130 mph).

Governor Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency for the entire state. President Trump has canceled a planned trip to Poland to “ensure that all resources of the federal government are focused on the arriving storm … it’s something very important for me to be here,” he said Thursday. 

Residents along Florida’s Atlantic Coast have been told to stand by for possible evacuation. They are filling their gas tanks and stocking up on food, water, and emergency supplies.

“All Floridians on the East Coast should have seven days of supplies, prepare their homes and follow the track closely,” DeSantis tweeted Wednesday.  

He added that he had spoken with President Donald Trump and been assured the state “has the full support of the federal government.”

Trump added his own Twitter alert Thursday, telling Florida to “get ready!”

“Hurricane Dorian looks like it will be hitting Florida late Sunday night,” he wrote.  “Be prepared and please follow State and Federal instructions, it will be a very big Hurricane, perhaps one of the biggest!”

The governor of Georgia, has also declared an emergency in his state.

Category 4 storms are capable of what experts describe as catastrophic damage — destroying homes and stores, ripping up roads, and knocking down trees and power lines.

As of late Thursday, Dorian was a Category 1 hurricane, centered about 535 kilometers (332 miles) east of the Bahamas with top winds of 140 kilometers per hour (87 mph).

Forecasters expect the center of Dorian to approach the northern Bahamas by late Saturday, and Florida on Sunday or Monday.

Dorian largely spared Puerto Rico and the U.S and British Virgin Islands, causing some floods and power outages but no major damage. (VOA)

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