President Trump said Florida is “going to be totally ready” for Hurricane Dorian, as the tropical storm is barreling its way toward the U.S. Southeast Coast.
Although projections are uncertain, the storm is expected to develop into a devastating Category 3 hurricane with winds of up to 125 mph when it makes landfall on the U.S. mainland late on Sunday or early Monday between Florida and southern Georgia.
The National Weather Service tweeted that there is a likely possibility for Dorian to cause a triple threat to Florida, as in severe storm surge, devastating winds, and heavy downpours.
There’s an increasing chance for #Dorian to bring a triple-threat of dangers to Florida’s east coast…
🌊life-threatening storm surge
🌬️devastating hurricane-force winds
The onset of tropical storm force winds could be as soon as Saturday evening.
Prepare NOW. pic.twitter.com/Moes49tcyu
— National Weather Service (@NWS) August 29, 2019
President Trump said during the interview on Brian Kilmeade’s Fox News radio show that he spoke to Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.
The president said that the people of Florida are “going to be totally ready and Puerto Rico was totally ready.” He continued saying that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and “all of the first responders did an incredible job with Puerto Rico.”
The president said that “we got lucky” because Dorian veered off Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. “Unfortunately the bad news is it looks like it’s going to be making a turn into Florida,” said President Trump, referring to the forecast that experts “seem to think it’s going to be making a pretty decisive turn into Florida.”
“Dorian is expected to become a major hurricane on Friday, and remain an extremely dangerous hurricane through the weekend,” according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). The NHC forewarned that Dorian would gain strength over the next few days.
Meanwhile Florida Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giminez has issued a hurricane alert, asking residents to have a safety plan.
“You must have an evacuation plan,” said Giminez, who continued, “Be sure to fill your gas tank. Plan to leave with ample time to get to a safe area.”
The Florida Miami-Dade County mayor advised residents to make all necessary preparations. Giminez advised residents to ensure that their emergency equipment, such as hurricane shutters and battery powered radios are in good working order and to make sure that they have adequate emergency supplies of nonperishable food and water for each person in the home “to last about three days,” he said.
After veering off and sparing Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, with minimal damages, Dorian is now heading for the southeast of the United States.
WOW! #Dorian is hammering the #USVI & #BVI with wind gusts clocked to 97 MPH at 231′ at Estate Bovoni.
📹 lion.lioness in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas. We’ve got the latest on the @weatherchannel#HurricaneDorian#weatherchannel pic.twitter.com/JHy8FrX6gf
— Mike Seidel (@mikeseidel) August 28, 2019
President Trump announced on Thursday late afternoon the cancellation of his Poland trip.
“It’s something, very important for me to be here,” said President Trump, “This storm looks like it could be a very, very big one, indeed.”
“Our highest priority is the safety and security of the people in the path of the hurricane,” said President Trump.
He said Vice President Mike Pence would be going in his place, whereas he will reschedule his trip to Poland in the near future.