Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Tuesday that Hurricane Dorian is on “a much better track” than predicted a few days ago.
DeSantis urged Florida residents to listen to evacuation orders, as Dorian is crawling northwest toward the United States at five miles per hour.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 3, the Category 5 storm weakened to a Category 2, with maximum sustained winds howling at 110 mph, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC).
Despite weakening winds, Dorian is expected to linger as a powerful hurricane over the next few days, said the NHC.
The governor warned residents of storm surge and urged people to “stay safe” and to “remain vigilant” because Dorian “is going to be riding Florida’s coast for the next day, day and a half.”
“While we think this is a much better track than what we were looking at 72 hours ago, we just ask people to stay safe, remain vigilant,” said DeSantis.
He warned residents to expect some effects from Dorian. “There’ll be storm surge” and “there’ll be some flooding,” said DeSantis, who asked locals to expect some “wind damage depending on how close” Dorian gets.
“At the end of the day, being safe is the most important,” said the Florida governor.
Dorian is now moving slightly faster, after stalling over and pounding the Bahamas for nearly two days, leaving at least five people dead, and causing widespread devastation.
DeSantis asked people to “heed the orders because there’s different effects that can happen.” He stated that some communities had experienced flooding with less than what they are facing now.
“You have different erosion issues that can make some of the structures unsafe with certain impacts,” said DeSantis as he asked people to just listen to what “those local folks are telling you.”
Acting Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Peter Gaynor highlighted DeSantis’s the warning, saying “The threat is not over.”
Gaynor added, “Day eleven, I think, for probably those in Florida and those for us in FEMA in D.C., more days to ago.” “It’s still not over yet, so be prepared for any scenario,” Gaynor said, adding that Dorian has gone down in the record books as “the 10th largest storm on record in the Atlantic.”
Gaynor stated that it does not take much to envisage what could have happened in Florida or in other states on the South east coast of the U.S. “when it comes to Dorian when you look at the Bahamas.”
“I think we’re fortunate that this will have minimal impact on Florida,” added Gaynor.
The storm is on track to reach the Florida coast later Tuesday and will move up along the coastline. The threat has subsided greatly, as hurricane forecasters are not expecting a direct onslaught on land.