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Hurricane Dorian now expected to miss Florida, possibly make landfall in Carolinas

Hurricane Dorian now expected to miss Florida, possibly make landfall in Carolinas

Palm Beach County officials warned that if evacuation orders are issued, residents should try to evacuate locally or to hotels before resorting to shelters.

"The biggest concern will be Dorian's slow motion when it is near Florida, placing some areas of the state at an increasing risk of a prolonged, drawn-out event of strong winds, unsafe storm surge, and heavy rainfall", the hurricane center said.

Hurricane Dorian is now barreling toward the Bahamas as an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday declared a state of emergency for all 67 Florida counties.

The storm is on track to make landfall on Monday or Tuesday, somewhere between the Florida Keys and southern Georgia. Areas all along the coast still are bracing for storm surge, heavy rain and risky, gusty winds.

As Dorian closed in, it upended people's Labor Day weekend plans. Major airlines began allowing travelers to change their reservations without fees. Orlando is the main airport for nearby Disney World. We've gone through hurricanes.

"It felt like it was better to be safe than sorry, so we canceled our plans", she said.

With the storm still days away, Florida authorities held off ordering any mass evacuations.

"Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during the next few days", the center said. That included Arthur Sanders, who waited in a long line to get gas in Port St. Lucie.

"Now it's looking like it could be an absolute monster", Trump said in a video posted on Twitter, adding that food and water were being shipped to Florida.

"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 scantily stocked shelf.

"It's hairy", the 69-year-old Ciecirski said.

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In Port Orange, 40 miles northeast of Orlando, Brooke Koontz found shelves of bread and water almost empty at a Walmart on Wednesday.

The coast can expect large, destructive waves, it said. "What's the use of going all the way to Georgia if it can land there?"

Dorian largely spared Puerto Rico and the USA and British Virgin Islands, causing some floods and power outages but no major damage.

Follow the storm with the FOX8 Hurricane Tracker here.

It also would put Dorian into the Category 4 range (130 to 156 mph).

"Rainfall may cause life-threatening flash floods", according to the NHC.

"I'm really anxious", said Kevin Adderley, a 48-year-old business owner who was securing his mechanic shop in the city of Freeport on Grand Bahama Island. Canned food and bottled water were disappearing quickly.

That's when "a lot of decisions will be made" because more will be known about where exactly the storm will hit.

At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, NASA began moving its launch platform for rockets to a giant hangar built to withstand strong winds. The launcher is for the mega rocket that NASA is developing to take astronauts to the moon. REUTERS/Steve Nesius Sold out gas pumps are shown at a station ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Dorian in Pompano Beach, Florida, U.S. August 30, 2019.

It is then forecast to roar toward the USA mainland Monday evening into Tuesday morning at major-hurricane strength, though experts warn that forecasts are subject to change.

"If the hurricane hits West Palm Beach or south [of it], the losses will be significantly higher because it's much more densely populated", says Betten.


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