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Weekend ReadsFlorida preps for 'absolute monster' of a storm

11:50  30 august  2019
11:50  30 august  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Hurricane intensifies, Trump says Florida faces ' absolute monster '. Florida residents were bracing for a hurricane on Thursday that was threatening to smack into the center of the state over the Labor Day weekend, and President Donald Trump said it appeared the storm ’s winds would be

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Florida preps for 'absolute monster' of a storm Florida prepares for the arrival of Hurricane Dorian

MIAMI (AP) — Unsure where Hurricane Dorian is going to land over Labor Day weekend, many Florida residents faced a sense of helplessness as they prepared for what President Donald Trump said could be an "absolute monster" of a storm.

"All indications are it's going to hit very hard and it's going to be very big," Trump said in a video he tweeted Thursday evening, comparing Dorian to Hurricane Andrew, which devastated South Florida in 1992.

Josefine Larrauri, a retired translator, went to a Publix supermarket in Miami only to find empty shelves in the water section.

Dorian becomes a Category 4 monster powering toward Florida

Dorian becomes a Category 4 monster powering toward Florida MIAMI — Hurricane Dorian powered toward Florida with increasing fury Friday, becoming an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm but leaving forecasters uncertain whether it would make a direct hit on the state's east coast or inflict a glancing blow. The storm's winds rose to 130 mph (215 kph) and then, hours later, to a howling 140 mph (225 kph) as Dorian gained strength while crossing warm Atlantic waters. The hurricane could wallop the state with even higher winds and torrential rains late Monday or early Tuesday, with millions of people in the crosshairs, along with Walt Disney World and President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort.

US President Donald Trump is warning Florida residents they may have to evacuate as the state braces for impact by Hurricane Dorian, which “could be an absolute monster ” as it Trump warned Floridians that “it may be that you’re going to evacuate” as the storm is “building at a tremendous rate.”

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"I feel helpless because the whole coast is threatened," she said. "What's the use of going all the way to Georgia if it can land there?"

In Vero Beach, about 140 miles (225 kilometers) up the coast from Miami, Lauren Harvey, 51, scoured the aisles of a nearby supermarket in search for non-perishable food items that could last her throughout the storm.

Harvey, who works in medical billing, is going through a divorce and recently moved from the Philadelphia-area. She said she is not sure what to expect and is preparing to spend her very first hurricane alone.

"I just moved here, so I'm lost," she said with a blank expression on her face, after grabbing a couple of water bottles from a scantly-stocked shelf. "I don't know what I'm going to do."

Canadians in Hurricane Dorian's path brace for impact

Canadians in Hurricane Dorian's path brace for impact One former Gatineau, Que., resident spent Sunday boarding up the windows of her Florida home as the Category 5 storm slammed into the Bahamas.

Watch CBSN Live. Florida Preps For Massive Storm . Prime Minister Perry Christi "has characterized the potential of this storm as catastrophic," Silbert Mills, chairman of Emergency Management for the Bahamas island of Abaco, told CBS Radio News.

Storm -surge warnings are still in place, the US National Hurricane Center says, and residents across the southern US have been Florida officials say at least four people died as a result of the storm in Gadsden County. "So many families have lost everything. This hurricane was an absolute monster ."

The National Hurricane Center said the Category 2 storm is expected to strengthen into a potentially catastrophic Category 4 with winds of 130 mph (209 kph) and slam into the U.S. on Monday somewhere between the Florida Keys and southern Georgia — a 500-mile (805-kilometer) stretch that reflected the high degree of uncertainty this far out.

"If it makes landfall as a Category 3 or 4 hurricane, that's a big deal," said University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy. "A lot of people are going to be affected. A lot of insurance claims."

With the storm's track still unclear, no immediate mass evacuations were ordered.

Along Florida's east coast, local governments began distributing sandbags, shoppers rushed to stock up on food, plywood and other emergency supplies at supermarkets and hardware stores, and motorists topped off their tanks and filled gasoline cans. Some fuel shortages were reported in the Cape Canaveral area.

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The storm ’s rage spread across six states , and well more than a million homes and businesses were without electricity on Thursday as Michael made its way seaward as a tropical storm . Roads and infrastructure along the storm ’s path have been destroyed. This hurricane was an absolute monster .”

A strike on Florida would be the first time since 1964 that the U.S. was hit by back-to-back storms of Category 3 or more and only the second time since Irma is now among the 7 most powerful storms on record to cross the Atlantic. “Our biggest concern is Florida citrus,” said Joel Widenor, co-founder

Tiffany Miranda of Miami Springs waited well over 30 minutes in line at BJ's Wholesale Club in Hialeah to buy hurricane supplies. Some 50 vehicles were bumper-to-bumper, waiting to fill up at the store's 12 gas pumps.

"You never know with these hurricanes. It could be good, it could be bad. You just have to be prepared," she said.

As of Thursday evening, Dorian was centered about 295 miles (475 kilometers) east of the Bahamas, its winds blowing at 105 mph (169 kph) as it moved northwest at 12 mph (19 kph).

It is expected to pick up steam as it pushes out into warm waters with favorable winds, the University of Miami's McNoldy said, adding: "Starting (Friday), it really has no obstacles left in its way."

The National Hurricane Center's projected track had the storm blowing ashore midway along the Florida peninsula, southeast of Orlando and well north of Miami or Fort Lauderdale. But because of the difficulty of predicting its course this far ahead, the "cone of uncertainty" covered nearly the entire state.

Forecasters said coastal areas of the Southeast could get 5 to 10 inches (13 to 25 centimeters) of rain, with 15 inches (38 centimeters) in some places, triggering life-threatening flash floods.

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Hurricane Irma is an absolute monster of a storm . It made landfall in the Florida Keys Sunday as a Category 4 storm with 130 mph winds, and threatens much of the Florida peninsula with dangerous storm surge, high winds, and drenching rains.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said the storm has changed lives forever, and “many families have lost everything.” He added, "This hurricane was an As of Thursday, Michael wasn’t done battering the South. It was moving over South Carolina and still had the strength of a tropical storm , bringing more

Also imperiled were the Bahamas, with Dorian's expected track running just to the north of Great Abaco and Grand Bahama islands.

Jeff Byard, an associate administrator at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, warned that Dorian is likely to "create a lot of havoc with infrastructure, power and roads," but gave assurances FEMA is prepared to handle it, even though the Trump administration is shifting hundreds of millions of dollars from FEMA and other agencies to deal with immigration at the Mexican border.

"This is going to be a big storm. We're prepared for a big response," Byard said.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency, clearing the way to bring in more fuel and call out the National Guard if necessary, and Georgia's governor followed suit.

Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Norwegian began rerouting their cruise ships. Major airlines began allowing travelers to change their reservations without a fee.

The hurricane season typically peaks between mid-August and late October. One of the most powerful storms ever to hit the U.S. was on Labor Day 1935. The unnamed Category 5 hurricane crashed ashore along Florida's Gulf Coast on Sept. 2. It was blamed for over 400 deaths.

Dorian rolled through the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico as a Category 1 hurricane on Wednesday.

Dorian could hit Maritimes as hurricane, or miss altogether

Dorian could hit Maritimes as hurricane, or miss altogether It's still too early to say what impact Hurricane Dorian will have on the Maritimes, but CBC meteorologist Tina Simpkin says Maritimers need to pay attention. Dorian is currently battering the Bahamas as a category 3 hurricane, with sustained wind speeds of 193 km/h. Remnants of the storm are expected to arrive on Canada's east coast on the weekend. "Some of the tracks still have it as a hurricane, a category 1 hurricane, when it gets close to the Maritimes," said Simpkin.

Florida ’s governor is warning residents to prepare now for Hurricane Irma, and people are listening, beginning to board up their businesses and home and

With many South Florida residents fleeing their homes before Hurricane Irma, hospitals in Florida 's southernmost county have put their own evacuation plans into motion.

The initial blow did not appear to be as bad as expected in Puerto Rico, which is still recovering from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria two years ago.

But the tail end of the storm unleashed heavy flooding along the eastern and southern coasts of Puerto Rico. Cars, homes and gravestones in the coastal town of Humacao became halfway submerged after a river burst its banks.

Dorian caused an island-wide blackout in St. Thomas and St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands and scattered outages in St. Croix, government spokesman Richard Motta said.

Back in Florida, Mark and Gina Emeterio enjoyed a peaceful afternoon sunbathing and wading in the ocean at Vero Beach. The newly retired couple from Sacramento, California, wanted to relax after spending the morning shuttering their home.

Mark, a retired pipe layer, and Gina, a retired state employee, planned to wait it out the storm with local friends more experienced with hurricanes.

"We got each other," Mark Emeterio said. "So we're good."

"I told him, 'Whatever happens, hold my hand,'" his wife joked.


Associated Press writers Seth Borenstein and Michael Balsamo in Washington; Danica Coto in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Marcia Dunn in Cape Canaveral, Florida; Freida Frisaro and Marcus Lim in Miami; Mike Schneider in Orlando, Florida, contributed to this report.

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Maritimes to feel impact of Dorian Saturday.
Forecasts are now consistently showing the remnants of Hurricane Dorian will pass along the Nova Scotia coast Saturday, says CBC meteorologist Tina Simpkin. Dorian is currently a category 2 hurricane off the Florida coast having left behind devastation in the Bahamas, where it peaked at category 5. Simpkin said heavy rain and high winds on P.E.I. are very likely as Dorian passes. "The strength is still a little bit unknown," she said.

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