Published: Sat, August 31, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

'Extremely dangerous' Hurricane Dorian threatens Bahamas en route to Florida

'Extremely dangerous' Hurricane Dorian threatens Bahamas en route to Florida

Florida is bracing itself for a "catastrophe" as Hurricane Dorian barrels towards the U.S. coastline. Low wind shear will likely continue, so intensification is still possible. The National Hurricane Center warned of an increasing likelihood of a life-threatening storm surge along parts of Florida's east coast.

Dorian's approach comes days after the Trump administration announced that it would divert $271 million in funds from FEMA - including $155 million from the agency's disaster relief fund - to other units in the Department of Homeland Security in an effort to support the president's border enforcement priorities. In Dorian's case - churning counterclockwise and moving westward into land - we may see a good amount of storm surge just to the north of Dorian's landfall spot.

A risky storm surge is also expected to affect the northwestern Bahamas and eventually Florida as well.

While Dorian is expected to strike Florida, forecasters warn that it could still have an impact in Georgia, leading Governor Brian Kemp to declare a state of emergency for several counties in his state, including Brantley, Bryan, Camden, Charlton, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Pierce and Wayne, WSB-TV reported. REUTERS/Joe Skipper A Coast Guard Station Ponce De Leon Inlet crew member secures hurricane shutters over one of the station's entrances at Coast Guard Station Ponce De Leon Inlet in preparation for Hurricane Dorian in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, this August 29, 2019 handout photo.

Regardless of Dorian's exact path, heavy rains are expected in the Bahamas, Florida, and other areas of the southeastern United States this weekend and into the middle of next week.

Hurricane Dorian will start getting closer to the Florida east coast late Monday, the center says.

As Dorian closed in, Labor Day weekend plans were upended. The big cruise lines began rerouting their ships. Major airlines began allowing travelers to change reservations without fees.

Hurricanes with winds exceeding 130 miles per hour are classified by the National Hurricane Center as Category 4 - a grouping that often leads to "catastrophic damage".

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The showdown was the spotlight of the convention, which kicked off on a wet Thursday within the shadow of a U.S. The 996 work setup expects employees to work from 9 9 p.m. for six days a week.

With the storm still days away, Florida authorities held off ordering any mass evacuations.

"Sometimes if you evacuate too soon, you may evacuate into the path of the storm if it changes", Governor Ron DeSantis said.

Coastal areas of the south-eastern USA could get 6in to 12in of rain, with 18inin some places, triggering life-threatening flash floods, the NHC said.

Thomas, who was fretting over her beloved pets, plans to hole up with her dog at her daughter's home, where they've stocked plenty of water, she told CNN. "The price you may pay for not evacuating is your life", Minnis was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.

"Do not be foolish and try to courageous out this hurricane", Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said.

Florida officials also were making sure all nursing homes and assisted living facilities had generators, and were checking with 107 facilities where information about generators was uncertain. Four employees of the home were charged with manslaughter earlier this week. Category 5 winds are from 157 miles per hour and higher.

The storm is moving toward the Bahamas and the USA state of Florida. It was blamed for over 400 deaths.

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