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USFlorida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian

00:45  04 september  2019
00:45  04 september  2019 Source:   cbsnews.com

Hurricane Dorian: Florida forecast to get Category 4 Labor Day storm

Hurricane Dorian: Florida forecast to get Category 4 Labor Day storm Hurricane Dorian became a Category 4 major hurricane Friday before its predicted landfall Monday along Florida's east coast, forecasters say. Hurricane warnings were put in place in the northwestern Bahamas as Dorian approached the island nation. A direct hit in the Bahamas is likely on Sunday into Monday. The storm was slowly turning west on Friday as it makes it way back toward land and is expected to strengthen in the coming days, the National Hurricane Center said. Dorian is forecast slam the southeastern United States as a possible Category 4 storm.

Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian
Florida hit by price gouging ahead of Hurricane Dorian

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  • Florida's attorney general has received more than 2,400 reports of price gouging.
  • Consumers in parts of the state report cases of water selling for more than $9, more than double its regular cost, while some gas stations jacked up fuel prices.
  • It's illegal in Florida and many other states to boost prices for necessities during a state of emergency.

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As Hurricane Dorian approaches Florida, local residents are having to cope with another type of storm surge: Price gouging. The state's attorney general has received more than 2,400 reports of price gouging, which occurs when merchants try to cash in by boosting prices of goods ahead of a natural disaster.

One gas station was selling 24-packs of Nestle's Pure Life water for $9, more than twice its normal retail cost, and other stations hiked prices at the pump by $1 more than advertised price.

"We are starting to hear about hotel pricing as evacuation orders come down," Kylie Mason, press secretary for Florida AG Ashley Moody, added in an email to CBS MoneyWatch.

While some may argue that rising prices merely reflect the difficulty of transporting goods during a storm, many states — including Florida — prohibit retailers from jacking up the cost of essentials like water and gas during a state of emergency. Florida's governor declared a state of emergency on Aug. 28 in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian, which has caused at least 5 deaths on the Abaco Islands.

Dorian lashes New England after leaving N.C.'s Outer Banks with 'catastrophic' flooding

Dorian lashes New England after leaving N.C.'s Outer Banks with 'catastrophic' flooding Hurricane Dorian made landfall over North Carolina Friday, battering the state's Outer Banks barrier islands with ferocious winds and dangerous floodwaters. The flooding stranded roughly 800 people on the Outer Banks' hard-hit Ocracoke Island, where residents described the flooding as "catastrophic," North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said. Leslie Lanier, who lives on Ocracoke Island, said some residents had to climb into their attics to escape the water, ABC Raleigh station WTVD reported. 1/11 SLIDES © Moonraker Tea Shop Flooding fills the streets of Ocracoke Island, N.C., Sept.

Florida law bars retailers from boosting prices on "essential commodities" as well as dwelling units and self-storage facilities during a state of emergency, unless the retailer can justify the higher price because of market trends — for instance, if gas prices spiked nationally. Essential commodities include food, water and gas.

The Florida AG's office said it compares the price charged during the state of emergency to the average price for the 30 previous days. If there's a "gross disparity" between the two prices, the state considers that gouging.  Businesses engaging in price gouging can face a fine of $1,000 per violation.

Suspected cases of price gouging in Florida can be reported to the state's dedicated hotline: (866) 9NO-SCAM. The state has also created an app for reporting price gouging called NO SCAM.

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Hurricane Dorian made landfall over North Carolina Friday, battering the state's Outer Banks barrier islands with ferocious winds and dangerous floodwaters. The flooding stranded roughly 800 people on the Outer Banks' hard-hit Ocracoke Island, where residents described the flooding as "catastrophic," North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said. Leslie Lanier, who lives on Ocracoke Island, said some residents had to climb into their attics to escape the water, ABC Raleigh station WTVD reported. 1/11 SLIDES © Moonraker Tea Shop Flooding fills the streets of Ocracoke Island, N.C., Sept.

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