Hurricane Dorian Heading for Florida-and President Trump's Properties

Florida waits Hurricane Dorian is looking increasingly dire

The National Hurricane Center said the Category 2 storm is expected to strengthen into a potentially catastrophic Category 4 with winds of 209 kilometers per hour (kph) and slam into the United States on Monday somewhere between the Florida Keys and southern Georgia - a 805-kilometer stretch that reflected the high degree of uncertainty this far out. All of Florida is under a state of emergency and authorities are urging residents to stockpile a week's worth of food and supplies as Hurricane Dorian gathers strength and aims to slam the state as soon as Monday as a Category 4 storm.

People should keep their hurricane plans in place and continue tracking the storm on Fox35Orlando.com.

Florida residents were stocking up on supplies and batting down their homes on Friday as storm Dorian approached the southeastern US.

As Hurricane Dorian was upgraded to a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, NASA's fleet of satellites were gathering data during the day to assist weather forecasters and scientists. Leaving mercifully little damage in its wake in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, Hurricane Dorian swirled toward the US, with forecasters warning it will draw energy from the warm, open waters as it closes in.

"If the hurricane hits West Palm Beach or south [of it], the losses will be significantly higher because it's much more densely populated", says Betten.

On Friday afternoon, the Bahamas Meteorology Department issued an alert on Dorian that warned the center of the storm "will move near or over the northwest part of the island on Sunday".

Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was harshly criticized in 2005 for its slow response to Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, briefed Congress on Friday on the steps they are taking to prepare for the storm.

"What we've always encouraged in Florida is catastrophic disaster planning", Fugate said.


An abrupt end to the rain is likely once the center passes by with the storm moving along in the neighborhood of 40 miles per hour. Another 4,000 will likely be activated by Saturday.

"It all depends on this dance of the pressure systems around the storm", said Hugh Willoughby, a meteorologist at Florida International University in Miami.

Earlier predictions of an arrival of the storm early on the Labor Day holiday, Monday, were revised in anticipation of an early Tuesday arrival. The big cruise lines began rerouting their ships.

A Hurricane watch is in effect for the Northwestern Bahamas.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is warning Floridians not to let their guard down despite shifts in forecasts showing Hurricane Dorian possibly staying off the shore of the state. There were reports some gas stations had run out of fuel. It was moving northwest at 12 miles per hour (17 kph).

Forecasters warned that the storm's slow movement could subject the state to a drawn-out pummeling from wind, storm surge and heavy rain. The unnamed Category 5 hurricane crashed ashore along Florida's Gulf Coast on September 2.

Hurricanes reaching Category 3 and higher are considered "major hurricanes" on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale due to their potential for significant damage.

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