Hurricane Dorian: Florida residents preparing for "extremely dangerous" storm

Pablo Tucker
September 3, 2019

Vice President Mike Pence will be traveling instead, the White House said.

US President Donald Trump canceled a trip to Poland as Hurricane Dorian headed towards Florida, strengthening on Thursday to a Category 2 storm.

His decision to forgo the first leg will be a blow to Poland, which saw Mr. Trump as the star of ceremonies marking the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II.

Trump cancelled a visit to Poland scheduled for the weekend and Florida's governor expanded a state of emergency to prepare for Hurricane Dorian, which is forecast to make landfall on the Atlantic coast Monday as a risky Category 4 storm.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency this week.

That would make it a Category 4 storm, the second-strongest on the Saffir-Simpson scale for measuring hurricane intensity.

Dorian is forecast to swell later into a powerful Category 4 storm with violent winds topping 130 miles per hour (210 km/h) before it makes landfall on Labor Day.

"The biggest concern will be Dorian's slow motion when it is near Florida, placing some areas of the state at an increasing risk of a prolonged, drawn-out event of strong winds, unsafe storm surge, and heavy rainfall", the centre said.

Georgia - another southeastern state potentially in the storm's path - followed suit for 12 counties.

Mr. Trump tweeted about the storm earlier in the week, though mainly to relitigate fights over his response to Maria, the amount of federal aid that Puerto Rico received and corruption scandals in the USA territory.

Florida's governor declared a state of emergency, warning the millions of people who live up and down the eastern coast of the "Sunshine State" to prepare for a potentially major hurricane.

"Now that Dorian is going to the east coast let us hope that @realDonaldTrump sets aside his prejudice and racism & moves the federal response to efficiency", the mayor tweeted.

Puerto Rico was devastated in 2017 by Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm.

While everyone jokes about how wrong forecasters are...we're all hoping they are this time - as Hurricane Dorian is now predicted to slam into Florida as a possible Category 4 hurricane Monday morning.

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