The National Hurricane Center spoke of an "increased possibility" of threats to human lives.
Americans are getting ready. Hurricane Dorian, which is headed for the Bahamas and may be "extremely dangerous" according to US authorities, could hit the coast of Florida this weekend or Monday, prompting Donald Trump to cancel his trip to Poland . "It looks like it's going to be an absolute monster, we're ready, the best people in the world are ready," said the US president in an address to his people on Twitter. "It seems almost certain that the center will be affected, and it's not good," he added.
Dorian, which was strengthening in the Caribbean after passing north of Puerto Rico, became in the night of Thursday to Friday a category two hurricane on a scale of five, with winds of up to 165 km / h, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
NHC spoke of an "increased likelihood" of threats to human lives this weekend or early next week, when the hurricane hit the coast of Florida, where a state of emergency was declared. On Thursday, Georgia, in turn, declared a state of emergency for part of this border state of Florida. The governor, Brian Kemp, warned that the storm had the "potential to produce catastrophic effects for the inhabitants" of the coastal region of the southeastern United States.
From 12 to 25 centimeters of rain
According to the 5-hour NHC bulletin on Friday, Dorian's eye was 470 kilometers east of the Bahamas and was moving north-west at a speed of 19 km / h.
The NHC has reiterated that it needs to strengthen and that it could become a "major" hurricane (category 3 or higher, with winds of at least 178 km / h) later this Friday. Authorities expect it to remain a hurricane "extremely dangerous during the weekend". According to NHC forecasts, Dorian is expected to dump rainfall on parts of the southeastern coast of the United States to 12 to 25 centimeters.
"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 to last seven days," he said during a press conference.
Mike Pence in Poland in place of Donald Trump
Donald Trump, who owns several properties in Florida, including his luxurious residence in Mar-a-Lago, was expected Sunday in Warsaw to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War. "In order to allow all of the federal government's means to focus on the coming storm, I decided to send our vice president, Mike Pence, to Poland for me this weekend," he said. Donald Trump said.
The Republican leader personally appealed to his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda to "apologize" for having to cancel his visit to Warsaw and promise that he would go there "in the coming months," said the chief of staff of the Polish president, Krzysztof Szczerskiun, quoted by the PAP agency.
The mayor of San Juan tackles Trump
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.
With Monday being a holiday due to Labor Day, the extended weekend that comes to an end of summer is traditionally an opportunity for Americans to travel.
Puerto Rico was spared for its part, the governor of this US territory saying that the threat was "already passed". But the political quarrel is not over. "Now that Dorian is heading to the East Coast, let's hope that Donald Trump puts aside his prejudices and racism and makes sure the federal response is effective," tweeted the mayor of the capital, San Juan, who severely criticized the response made in 2017 to Hurricane Maria by the Trump administration.