The governor of South Carolina state declared a state of emergency on Saturday, August 31, after new forecasts show Hurricane Dorian skirting Florida’s east coast before moving north. Emergency personnel and equipment will be deployed on Sunday, September 1, in preparation for the arrival of the hurricane on Wednesday, September 4. A state of emergency remains in effect for Florida and Georgia states and similar measures may be implement in North Carolina in the coming hours and days. Officials at Orlando International Airport (MCO) announced on Saturday that the previous planned closure for Monday, September 2, has been lifted due to the changing forecast of Dorian. However, flight disruptions, including delays, diversions, and cancelations, along the east coast are possible in the coming days as the storm gets closer.
As of 02:00 (local time) on September 1, Hurricane Dorian is a Category 4 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale and located approximately 26.3°N 75.6°W (map here) with maximum sustained winds of 240 kph (150 mph). The storm is moving west towards the Bahamas at 13 kph (8 mph) and is expected to hit Florida’s coast on Monday evening as a major hurricane. Dorian is then forecast to turn north and move up the east coast of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina through Thursday, September 5. Heavy rainfall, damaging winds, and strong storm surge are expected along the coastal regions. Associated transportation, business, and power disruptions are anticipated.
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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