The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported that Hurricane Dorian has intensified to a Category 4 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale as of 23:00 (local time) on Friday, August 30. Dorian continues to strengthen as it moves west through the Atlantic Ocean and is forecast to make landfall in southern Florida state on the evening (local time) of Tuesday, September 3, before moving north up the coast. It is possible that the storm will hit Florida as either a Category 3 or 4 hurricane. All of Florida state as well as 12 counties across Georgia are under a state of emergency. Orlando International Airport (MCO) announced on Friday that all commercial flight operations will cease at 02:00 on September 3 as a precaution. Up-to-date information can be found on the airport’s website. Similar flight disruptions are possible throughout Florida in the coming days.
As of 23:00 on Friday, Dorian is located at approximately 25.5°N 71.4°W (map here) and is tracking west-northwest at 17 kph (10 mph). The storm has maximum sustained winds of 220 kph (140 mph). Hundreds of thousands of people in Florida are expected to be affected by the hurricane, which may bring up to 38 cm (15 in) of rain in some areas. Life-threatening flash flooding, damaging winds, and high storm surge are likely throughout the state. Associated power outages, transportation disruptions, and infrastructure damage is also anticipated once Dorian moves closer to Florida.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, confirm flight reservations, 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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