President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency in Florida on Friday, Aug. 30, as the state is bracing for Hurricane Dorian, which is likely the most powerful storm in nearly three decades.
The emergency declaration would help Florida handle storm damage and provide humanitarian assistance.
President Trump also authorized the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate disaster relief efforts.
The National Hurricane Center announced on its website that “dangerous Hurricane Dorian poses a significant threat to Florida and the northwestern Bahamas.”
In an advisory issued at 11 a.m. AST Friday, the center said Dorian is located at 24.5°N 69.8°W with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph and crawling northwestward at 10 mph.
The center forecast the storm would strengthen into a potentially catastrophic Category 4 with winds of almost 140 mph and slam the coast late Monday or early Tuesday.
President Trump retweeted a video from NOAA Satellites which shows the eye of dangerous Hurricane Dorian.
Watch as the eye of #HurricaneDorian2019 begins to form in this 1-minute visible loop from NOAA’s #GOESEast. “Dangerous Hurricane #Dorian poses a significant threat to #Florida and the northwestern #Bahamas,” according to the @NHC_Atlantic. Latest: https://t.co/W7u6rft9x2 pic.twitter.com/AuDJst6smv
— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) August 30, 2019
The president warned Dorian could be an “absolute monster,” saying in a tweeted video that “all indications are it’s going to hit very hard and it’s going to be very big.”
He compared Dorian to Hurricane Andrew, which obliterated thousands of homes south of Miami with winds topping 165 mph in 1992.
On Thursday, President Trump decided to cancel a visit to Poland scheduled for this weekend to stay home to confront Hurricane Dorian.
The president was applauded for handling of the category-4 Hurricane Harvey which smashed ashore in Texas and Louisiana in 2017.