After crossing Puerto Rico in category 1 on Thursday, the hurricane is now over the Atlantic Ocean, some 1,000 km east of the city of West Palm Beach, Florida, according to the latest report. National Hurricane Center, released this Friday at 6 pm
In the evening, Donald Trump has confirmed the state of emergency for the state of Florida, while forecasters predict that the hurricane will reach US shores by the beginning of next week, with a power of category 4 out of the 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale.
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"Be ready and please, follow the instructions of the State (of Florida, Ed) and the federal government, it will be a very big hurricane, perhaps one of the biggest," Donald Trump had tweeted Thursday morning .
Hurricane Dorian looks like it will be hitting Florida late Sunday night. Be prepared and please follow State and Federal instructions, it will be a very big Hurricane, perhaps one of the biggest!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2019
An "increased threat to human lives"
While the hurricane was placed in category 3 this Friday night, the National Hurricane Center is already predicting that it will rise to category 4 when it hits the United States. The NHC evokes an "increased likelihood" of threats to human lives this weekend or early next week, when the hurricane hit the Florida coast.
According to NHC forecasts, Dorian is expected to discharge portions of the southeast coast of the United States with rainfall amounts ranging from 12 to 25 centimeters.
Residents called to make reservations
"All Florida residents should have prepared a plan – do not wait until it's too late!" Warned Ron DeSantis, the state's governor. "You should have enough food, water and medicine for seven days," he said during a press conference, warning that the event could "last several days".
As a result, Miami residents in particular began to flock to supermarkets and stalls were starting to empty. The electricity supplier "Florida Power and Light" said that 13,000 men were mobilized in case of power cuts.
Georgia, in turn, declared on Thursday a state of emergency for part of this border state of Florida. The governor, Brian Kemp, warned that this weather phenomenon had the "potential to produce catastrophic effects for the inhabitants" of the coastal region of the southeastern United States.
Evacuations and security measures
The hurricane is expected to hit the United States on Labor Day, scheduled for Monday in the country. Disney World and Universal Orlando amusement parks have already indicated that they could close if significant winds are confirmed, and the park director advised potential visitors not to move and leave the area. .
As a precaution, the city of Miami asked Friday that all scooters and other motorized vehicles of the town have returned indoors from Friday noon. The electric scooter companies have thus returned all their motor vehicle inventory to their warehouses.
The Rolling Stones, which were to make the Miami public dance Saturday night, have advanced their concert Friday, because of poor weather forecast. Mick Jagger and his band had last month had to move a concert date to New Orleans because of Storm Barry.
NASA announced this Friday morning that it had moved its space equipment to the Kennedy Space Center as a precautionary measure.