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President Trump’s 'southern White House' could see the wrath of Hurricane Dorian

President Trump’s 'southern White House' could see the wrath of Hurricane Dorian”

Dorian was expected to hit by Sunday with the potential for life-threatening storm surge that could raise water levels 15 feet above normal.

The director general of the Ministry of Tourism, Joy Jibrilu, told Reuters the country was "still reeling" from Hurricane Matthew in 2016, which pummeled the archipelago with strong Category 4 winds.

Mindful of that warning, Cocoa Beach Mayor Ben Malik was putting up storm shutters on his Florida home on Friday afternoon and worrying about the flooding Dorian could unleash on his barrier island town. Hurricane Dorian continues to gather pace as it crosses the warm Atlantic and is expected to wreck destruction when it makes landfall in the US.

Hurricane Dorian strengthened to a Category 4 storm Friday evening, according to the National Hurricane Center, and is heading across the Atlantic toward the Bahamas and the Florida coast.

Dorian was about 280 miles east of the northwestern Bahamas and about 445 miles east of West Palm Beach, Fla., according to the hurricane center.

"The biggest concern will be Dorian's slow motion when it is near Florida, placing some areas of the state at an increasing risk of a prolonged, drawn-out event of strong winds, risky storm surge, and heavy rainfall", the hurricane center said.

The storm "has strengthened to an extremely unsafe Category 4 hurricane" on a five-level scale, it said. "A lot of insurance claims". No immediate mass evacuations have been ordered.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis urged residents to have at least a week's worth of food, water and medicine, saying at a news conference in Tallahassee that they should be prepared for a "multiday event". Supermarkets ran out of bottled water, and long lines formed at gas stations, with some fuel shortages reported.

"Florida is still very much in the red zone", she added.

Harvey, who works in medical billing, is going through a divorce and recently moved from the Philadelphia-area.

Feeding on the warm waters in the open ocean, Dorian steamed toward the US after rolling through the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, where it inflicted less damage than feared but was blamed for at least one death.

Coastal areas in the Southeast could get 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 centimeters) of rain, with 15 inches (38 centimeters) in some places, triggering life-threatening flash floods, the hurricane center said.

Also imperiled were the Bahamas, with Dorian's expected track running just to the north of Great Abaco and Grand Bahama islands.

U.S. President Donald Trump canceled a planned trip to Poland to "ensure that all resources of the federal government are focused on the arriving storm.it's something very important for me to be here", he said Thursday.

The threat of unsafe storm conditions is not just limited to Florida.

"What we're telling people, anywhere from Miami to Cape Canaveral, even up to Jacksonville, is to evacuate", Kottlowski said.

Hurricane Dorian has churned towards Florida with increasingly powerful winds and drenching rains, wreaking havoc on people's Labour Day weekend plans in one of America's biggest holiday destinations.

Major cruise lines Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Norwegian have started rerouting ships.

Miami Beach public works department workers fill sandbags and help load them into residents'cars in Miami Beach, Florida, August 31, 2019 in preparation for hurricane Dorian.

If, as expected, Dorian reaches Category 4 strength over the weekend, its winds will blow at more than 130 miles per hour (210 km/h).

One of Florida's last major hurricanes, 2017's Irma, swept up the peninsula, instead of hitting the east coast.



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