Hurricane Dorian expected to hit Florida early Tuesday morning after being upgraded to a Category 3 storm
According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Dorian has become a Category 3 storm and is expected to hit Florida late Monday and early Tuesday morning – although the exact location to be effected in Florida remains unknown. The major storm is centered about 625 miles West of Palm Beach as of Friday afternoon and has a maximum sustained wind speed of about 115 mph. It is believed that Hurricane Dorian may evolve into a Category 4 storm by landfall. ~
Due to the uncertainty behind where the extreme hurricane may strike Florida next week, President Trump placed all 67 counties of the Sunshine State under an emergency declaration and “ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Dorian,” the White House said. According to The New York Times, “some prediction models [are] suggesting a direct blow to Central Florida and others [are] projecting the storm to veer north or south.” Meteorologist Hugh Willoughby of Florida International University in Miami stated that landfall location “all depends on this dance of the pressure systems around the storm.” If Hurricane Dorian were to make landfall next week as a Category 4 storm or stronger, Dorian would be the first storm of Category 4 or higher to hit Florida’s east coast since Category 5 Hurricane Andrew raged through the Miami area in 1992. ~
W. Craig Fugate, a former administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, responded to questions about the severity of the storm Friday, stating that there is extreme danger if Dorian were to hit a densely populated region of Florida – such as Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, or Jacksonville. Brian McNoldy, a hurricane researcher at the University of Miami, is also highly concerned for the people of Florida. “If it makes landfall as a Category 3 or 4 hurricane, that’s a big deal. A lot of people are going to be affected. A lot of insurance claims.” ~
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