Hurricane Dorian escalated to an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm with a maximum sustained wind of nearly 130 mph, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) announced Friday night.
An NHC statement says a change in the intensity of the storm was detected by a hurricane-hunting aircraft, The news raised concerns that Dorian could become the most powerful hurricane to hit Florida's east coast for near 30 years.
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As of 8:30 am ET, Dorian was about 400 miles east of northwestern Bahamas and 575 miles east of Bay 575 miles east. It was moving from west to northwest at 1
As of Friday, the NHC's new projected runway shows Dorian landing near Fort Pierce, about 70 miles north of President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, then moving along the coast.
But forecasters warned that the storm route was still very uncertain and even a slight deviation could put the Doric seashore or well inland.
"It is imperative that all Floridians and their families take Hurricane Dorian seriously," Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a statement Friday night: "Cooking time is diminishing over time, especially since we are not yet sure where the landfall will be. Everyone should have seven days of food, water and medicine to prepare for this storm. In addition, all residents must be prepared for evacuation if required. "
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"Sometimes, if you evacuate too early, you can evacuate the storm if it changes," says DeSantis.
Forecasters warn that coastal areas can see 6 to 12 inches of rain and up to 18 inches are possible in isolated areas. This amount of precipitation "could lead to life-threatening lightning floods," the NHC warned. An official at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Gemma Baird) said Dorian is likely to "create a lot of damage" to roads, power and other infrastructure.
In addition, there were the Bahamas, where canned food and bottled water disappear quickly and the sound of hammering echoed through the islands as people ascended their homes. Dorian was expected to hit Sunday with the potential for a life-threatening storm that could raise water levels to 10 to 15 feet above normal.
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"Don't be silly and try to bold this hurricane."
Trump on Friday approved an emergency declaration on Florida and "ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts because of the urgent conditions stemming from Hurricane Dorian," the White House said.
In a video posted on Twitter Friday afternoon, Trump said the hurricane "looks like it could be an absolute monster.
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The president added that" all indications are that it will hit very hard and it will be very large. Someone said he was bigger or at least as big as [Hurricane] Andrew [in 1992] and if you remember Andrew from many years ago, that was not good. So just be aware and be safe and God bless you. "
Back in Florida, DeSantis called on nursing homes to take precautionary measures to prevent tragedies like the one during Hurricane Irma two years ago when a storm blew an air conditioner at a Hollywood facility and 12 patients died in the heat.
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DeSantis said the timely message from these arrests was this: "It is your responsibility to make sure you have a plan to protect these people. "
At the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, NASA moved a 380-foot mobile launch platform to ensure the safety of a colossal vehicle assembly building built to withstand 125 mph.
The hurricane season is usually highest between mid-August and late October. One of the most powerful storms so far in the United States has been Labor Day. 1935 An unnamed Category 5 hurricane crashes ashore and on the Florida Gulf coast on September 2. He was charged with more than 400 deaths.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.