'Absolute monster' Hurricane Dorian gains strength as Florida braces for hit

'Absolute monster' Hurricane Dorian gains strength as Florida braces for hit”

"It's something very important for me to be here".

The entire state of Florida is under a declaration of emergency and Governor Ron DeSantis activated 2,500 National Guard troops with another 1,500 on standby.

By Wednesday morning, satellites revealed the storm's cloud pattern becoming more organized.

At 11 p.m. EDT Friday, Dorian was centered about 375 miles (605 kilometers) east of the northwestern Bahamas.

Hurricane Dorian is now moving through the western Atlantic Ocean.

"Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls". Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed.

Forecasters on Saturday said the ever-strengthening Dorian is expected to dance up the Southeast coastline, staying just off shore of Florida and skirting the coast of Georgia, with the possibility of landfall still a threat on Wednesday, and then continuing up to SC early Thursday.

The storm could affect big population centres as well as major Florida tourist destinations.

"Get water, get gas, get cash out of the ATMs", West Palm Beach Mayor Keith James said on CNN Thursday.

DeSantis said the timely message from those arrests is: "It's your responsibility to make sure you have a plan in place to protect those folks".

'Absolute monster' Hurricane Dorian gains strength as Florida braces for hit

Hurricane Dorian approaches the coast of Florida, in this August 29, 2019 NASA handout satellite image.

The risk of life-threatening storm surges and hurricane-force winds this weekend continues to increase in the northwestern Bahamas.

If it makes landfall as a Category 4 storm on Monday as forecast, with sustained winds of around 130 miles per hour, it will be the strongest hurricane to strike Florida's East Coast since Andrew in 1992, according to CNN Meteorologist Brandon Miller.

The storm is forecast to move west after it encounters a high pressure system over the east coast.

"We're anxious. This is not looking good for us".

"Dorian is expected to become a major hurricane on Friday, and remain an extremely unsafe hurricane through the weekend", the hurricane centre said, warning of an increasing likelihood of life-threatening storm surge along portions of Florida's east coast late in the weekend. Disney World and the other resorts in Orlando found themselves in the storm's projected path.

NASA's Kennedy Space Center said it would move a 122-metre tall, $US650-million mobile launcher structure used to assemble the agency's rocket for future moon missions from a launchpad and into a building to take shelter during Dorian's likely impact.

Nearby towns were checking storm drains and back-up generators for waste-water plants as well as setting up round-the-clock shifts for emergency personnel.

NOAA warned Dorian will most likely intensify into a major Category 3 hurricane on Friday.

The storm has passed Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and is now over open waters, where the National Hurricane Center (NHC) expects Dorian to gain strength. Officials of the nation's northernmost island, Grand Bahama, urged residents on Wednesday evening to secure houses and businesses immediately.

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