"If you are everywhere on that east coast of Florida, you want to have food, water, medicine for up to seven days," Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday.
Dorian, now a Category 2 hurricane with sustained winds of 105 mph, is due to a delay in the coming days, accumulating intensity in warm Caribbean waters to feed heavy rainfall, damaging wind and storm expected to deliver. said CNN meteorologist Derek Van Damme.
Hurricane watches have been issued for the northwestern Bahamas, where Dorian is expected to strike on Sunday as a Category 3 storm, the National Hurricane Center reported.
It is then projected that it will roar to the mainland Monday night on Tuesday morning with high hurricane force, although experts warn that forecasts are subject to change.
"There is a wide cone of storm uncertainty, especially since Florida is still days of drought," CNN meteorologist Rob Shackelford said. The cone extends from Key West to Jacksonville, 500 miles away, he added.
Big storm, big reaction
Dorian guarantees a multi-billion dollar price guarantee, FEMA Administrator Jeffrey Bayard told reporters Thursday.
"This will be a Great Storm. We are ready for a great response," he said.
Because Dorian has minimal impact on Puerto Rico, the agency moves personnel from the Florida island to training.
Dorian has already claimed the title of the strongest storm ever since this year's Atlantic hurricane season.
If it reaches Florida, this will be the fourth consecutive year a hurricane has hit the state with all its might. This will be the most consecutive years since the 1
And if it reaches Florida as a Category 4 storm with steady winds of about 130 mph, it will be the strongest hurricane to hit Florida's eastern shore since Hurricane Andrew in 1992, he said. CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller.
Residents of Florida stock up
DeSantis declares a state of emergency for all 67 counties in Florida.
Florida residents stock up on gas and food for a stormy weekend, and officials urge those in the state to be prepared.
"Take water, get gas, get money from ATMs," said West Palm Beach Mayor Keith James. "The more we hear about this storm, it sounds like a serious one."
"We usually get hundreds of visitors every day, and just one of those days drives everyone away. It's a great day, but the hurricane will just kill it all, "Jason Poon, owner of Cocoa Beach Restaurant, told the station.
"takes a bit of a hurdle, especially when we have to prepare for one of the busiest weekends of the year," says Frank Figueroa, owner of the neighboring Sandbar.
The military and NASA make adjustments
To avoid damage from Dorian, the US Navy is moving more than 40 planes from Jacksonville to bases in Michigan, Ohio and Texas.
US Air Force Evacuate 16 aircraft from MacDill Air Force Base near Tampa to McConnell Air Force Base near Wichita, Kansas, an Air Force official said.
Paul P. Murphy, Omar Jimenez, Jason Hannah, Laurel Reynolds, Meg Wagner, Tina Burnside and Daniel Shepherd contributed to this report.