Sunday, 22 September, 2019

Hurricane Dorian now a Category 2 storm

Hurricane Dorian expected to become major hurricane tomorrow as it heads for Florida Dorian is packing winds of 85 mph and gaining strength as it heads for the east coast of Florida
Sandra Phillips | 31 August, 2019, 13:54

The forecasters at the National Hurricane Center say that Dorian is expected to become a major hurricane on Friday and remain an extremely risky hurricane through the weekend.

A high-pressure system is pushing the storm north.

After tearing through the British and US Virgin Islands and drenching Puerto Rico with rain Wednesday, Dorian was moving northwest in the Atlantic Thursday night.

"There is hope", Weather Underground meteorology director Jeff Masters said.

Coastal areas in the Southeast could get 6 to 12 inches of rain, with 18 inches in some places, triggering life-threatening flash floods, the hurricane center said.

Dorian already has claimed the title of strongest storm so far of this year's Atlantic hurricane season. As of Friday morning hurricane force winds extended 25 miles from the center, and tropical storm force winds stretched outward 105 miles.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency, clearing the way to bring in more fuel and call out the National Guard if necessary, and Georgia's governor followed suit.

Trump often flies to Mar-a-Lago on the weekends when he's not in Washington. There were reports some gas stations had run out of fuel. "I'm going to bunker down home with my kids".

As Dorian closed in, it played havoc with people's Labour Day weekend plans. Major airlines began allowing travelers to change their reservations without a fee. Disney World and the other resorts in Orlando found themselves in the storm's projected path. Instead, Armesto made a decision to take shelter at her mother's hurricane-resistant house in Miami with its kitchen full of nonperishable foods.

"We are a resilient nation", he said in a statement.

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Dorian's winds rose to 110 miles per hour, making it a top-end Category 2 hurricane. Colin Johnson carries plywood as he prepares to board a window at his father's home in preparation for Hurricane Dorian, Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, in Vero Beach, Fla.

At a Publix supermarket in Cocoa Beach, Ed Ciecirski in the customer service department said the pharmacy was extra busy with people rushing to fill prescriptions.

"I just moved here, so I'm lost", she said with a blank expression on her face, after grabbing a couple of water bottles from a scantily stocked shelf.

Swells in the east-facing shores of the Bahamas, the Florida east coast and the southeastern United States coast are likely to cause "life-threatening surf and rip current conditions". Areas all along the coast still are bracing for storm surge, heavy rain and risky, gusty winds.

Heavy rains, and the life-threatening flash-floods they may bring, are possible not just in Florida but in the southeastern portions of the USA well into next week, according to the NHC.

"Dorian is now a risky Category 4 hurricane and expected to move along our east coast with the potential of widespread damage next week", said FOX 35 Chief Meteorologist Glenn Richards.

Government officials said Prime Minister Hubert Minnis was scheduled to address Bahamians at noon and urge people to take necessary precautions. "The price you may pay for not evacuating is your life". The Miami Herald reported that all employees of Mar-a-Lago except for security personnel were sent home for the duration of the storm.

At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, NASA began moving its launch platform for rockets to a giant hangar built to withstand strong winds.

Complicating the situation, it remains unclear where on the East Coast the storm will make landfall -- and where it will go from there.

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