Published: Tue, September 03, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Donald Trump cancels Poland visit as hurricane heads for Florida

Donald Trump cancels Poland visit as hurricane heads for Florida

Vice President Mike Pence would go to Poland in his place, Trump said.

His decision to forgo the first leg will be a blow to Poland, which saw Mr. Trump as the star of ceremonies marking the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II.

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Trump was scheduled to leave for Poland on Friday.

Florida residents were bracing for a hurricane on Thursday that was threatening to smack into the center of the state over the Labor Day weekend, and President Donald Trump said it appeared the storm's winds would be "unbelievably high".

Hurricane Dorian is now forecast to be a Category 4 storm - with sustained winds of around 130 miles per hour - when it makes its expected landfall in the United States on Monday, likely somewhere along Florida's Atlantic coast, the National Hurricane Center says.

Dorian is expected to become a category 3 hurricane on Friday.

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The US territory of Puerto Rico, still recovering from a powerful storm two years ago, was largely spared, but the NHC said Dorian could dump up to seven inches (18 centimeters) of rain on some parts of the Bahamas.

Mr. DeSantis declared a state of emergency, clearing the way to bring in more fuel and call out the National Guard if necessary, and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp followed suit.

Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida expanded the state of emergency declaration he issued for 26 counties Wednesday to one that covers all of the 67 counties in the state "due to Hurricane Dorian's uncertain projected path".

"Now that Dorian is going to the east coast let us hope that @realDonaldTrump sets aside his prejudice and racism & moves the federal response to efficiency", the mayor tweeted. Earlier this week, as Hurricane Dorian threatened the island, Trump taunted the USA territory in a series of tweets.

Angela Johnson, a 39-year-old bar manager, said: "We're anxious".

If, as expected, the storm reaches Category 4 over the weekend, its winds will blow at more than 210km/h.

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