MIAMI, USA: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis urged residents to have in reserve at least a week’s worth of food, water and medicine as the state prepares for Hurricane Dorian.
The National Hurricane Center updated Hurricane Dorian to storm category 4 with 145 mph wind speed on Friday night.
NHC Director Ken Graham expressed concern in a Facebook Live video, “Slow is not our friend, the longer you keep this around the more rain we get.”
The projected path of the hurricane has moved north again. The storm is set to make landfall north of Port St. Lucie, then take a right turn to head up the east coast of Florida.
The hurricane is expected to fall in category 3 or 4 by the time it hits central Florida on Tuesday afternoon.
By Wednesday, it will downgrade to category 2 as it moves up the coast towards Jacksonville according to weather service.
“A prolonged period of storm surge, high winds and rainfall is possible in portions of Florida into next week, including the possibility of hurricane-force winds over inland portions of the Florida peninsula,” the NHC said.
Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) executive leadership and emergency management leaders met with airline officials, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Air Traffic Control Tower representatives and other airport stakeholders prior to Hurricane Dorian’s arrival.
It was determined by general consensus that Orlando International Airport would cease commercial flight operations on September 2, 2019 at 2 a.m.
“Hurricane Dorian has strengthened and slowed. Our plan currently is to run full operations through Sunday,” said Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Chief Executive Officer Phil Brown.
“We don’t know exactly where Dorian is going but we do know that it will have a significant impact on the entire state of Florida. So in order to allow the airport’s 25,000 employees time to secure their homes and families we feel it is prudent to cease operations in a timely fashion,” he further added.
US based weather offices predict that the storm has 80% chances of making landfall on Florida.
European weather systems forecast the opposite.
President Donald Trump told reporters before leaving for Camp David this weekend: “We’re thinking about Florida evacuations, but it’s a little bit too soon. We’ll probably make that determination on Sunday.”