Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for all 67 counties in Florida state on Thursday, August 29, as Hurricane Dorian approaches the state's eastern coast. A state of emergency has also been declared in 12 counties across Georgia state. As of Thursday evening (local time), Dorian remains a Category 1 storm, but is expected to strengthen into a Category 4 hurricane before making landfall in Florida between Sunday, September 1, and Monday, September 2.
As of 17:00 on Thursday, Dorian is located approximately 22.5°N 67.7°W (map here) and is tracking northwest at 20 kph (13 mph). The storm is exhibiting maximum sustained winds of 140 kph (85 mph) and is forecast to strengthen over the coming days. Dorian is expected to produce rainfall totals of 12-25 cm (5-10 in) across the southeastern US, with isolated totals of 38 cm (15 in).
Transportation and business disruptions, as well as power outages, are to be expected in areas forecast to be affected by Dorian over the coming days.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate adverse weather and power and transportation disruptions, and remember that running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and never drive through flooded streets; floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products.
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