Earlier, the state of Florida declared a state-wide emergency as it braces for the arrival of Hurricane Dorian, reports say. According to weather forecasts, the massive hurricane will hit the east coast Monday night.
According to Acting FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor, the hurricane will “impact the entirety of Florida, and residents need to be prepared,”. Concurrently, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that US President Trump has formally approved the declaration of a state-wide emergency. Thus allowing the US National Guard to deploy 2,000 men to provide aid and protection to the residents.
Currently, the massive hurricane pummels over the Atlantic with a Category 3 status. However, as hurricanes intensify as it moves closer to land, Florida officials call on residents to prepare for a potential Category 4 impact. Likewise, the National Hurricane Center expects to up the current category of the hurricane soon as it makes land fall.
Hurricane Dorian to hit the Bahamas first
Weather forecasts report that Hurricane Dorian is expected to first hit the Bahamas before moving slightly north towards Florida. Hence, the government of the Bahamas has issued state warnings and hurricane watches in preparation for the onslaught. Likewise, the Bahamas Prime Minister calls on their citizens to “not be foolish and try to brave out this hurricane”, report say.
The state of Florida has 21.3 million residents, with major population centers in Orlando, Miami and Tampa Bay. NOAA reports that all three hubs are within the line of sight of the coming hurricane.
Eventually, Hurricane Dorian would weaken as it enters the Gulf of Mexico.