On the road to Florida, Dorian strengthens to become Category 3 hurricane


AFP, published on Friday, August 30, 2019 at 11:15 pm

With winds reaching 185 km / h, Dorian, whose authorities fear he is deadly, became Friday a "major" hurricane category 3 on a scale of 5, while he was still progressing above the Atlantic towards the US state of Florida, which it should hit early next week.

The climatic phenomenon, threatening to become an "absolute monster" in the words of President Donald Trump, is yet to gain power and "remain a major hurricane extremely dangerous", probably Category 4, when approaching the coast of Florida, has a priori late Monday, says the National Hurricane Center (NHC) American.

The institute has placed northwestern Bahamas in hurricane vigilance, saying Dorian could hit the archipelago on Sunday. The hurricane was still 675 km away, according to the latest NHC report at 21:00 GMT.

"Those who do not want to evacuate put themselves in great danger," warned his Prime Minister Hubert Minnis on Friday. "I beg you: do not be foolish and do not try to brave the hurricane," he said, adding that the disaster "could put lives at risk."

Trump on Thursday canceled his trip to Poland this weekend to make sure in person that "all means of the federal state are focused on the storm that happens."

"Get ready, ready to face an event that could last several days," Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis warned on Friday.

"If you are in an evacuation zone and you are ordered to evacuate, please do so, place your safety before the rest: it is better to evacuate and not finish the victim, rather than stay and put your life in danger, "added the governor.

Florida, consisting mainly of a peninsula in the southeastern United States, is on the front line every year during the hurricane season. With a very flat relief, the coastline is particularly threatened by rising water. The center of the land is also characterized by low altitudes. For the inhabitants, the main threat is therefore floods.

Some began evacuating to areas deemed safer, but the majority of them were expectant, Dorian tending to change course and moving at 15 km / h.

– "Winter White House" on the road –

The latest projections saw him reach the eastern coast of Florida at the seaside resort of West Palm Beach, which Dorian was Friday distant about 1,000 km. This is where Mr. Trump owns his famous Mar-a-Lago Golf Club, which he calls his "Winter White House".

This geographic proximity provided the former Prime Minister of Canada the opportunity for a spike to the Republican billionaire. "I'm dreaming of a frontal (hurricane) strike against Mar-a-Lago," Kim Campbell said, recalling that Trump denied climate change.

On the spot, many inhabitants stormed petrol stations and supermarkets. They were instructed to store water, food and possible health treatments for at least a week.

According to forecasts from the National Hurricane Center, Dorian is expected to dump on portions of the coast rains with accumulation of 15 to 30 cm, or 45 cm in some localized areas.

The state of emergency has been declared in the archipelago of the Bahamas, Florida and in a dozen counties in the state of Georgia. This measure makes it possible to better mobilize the public services of the State and to resort if necessary to the federal aid.

According to a relief coordinator, 12,000 soldiers are currently in Florida pending the arrival of Dorian.

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.

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