After a briefing on Hurricane Dorian in the Oval Office on Thursday, President Trump warned it could be an “absolute monster” as weather experts urged Floridians to be prepared and take warnings seriously. Some churches said they were also poised to help with the devastation that could follow.
“We’re all working very, very hard on Hurricane Dorian,” Trump said in a video address posted to Twitter shortly after announcing the cancellation of a trip to Poland due to the storm. “It’s been interesting because it looked like it was going to be a very small storm but we all got lucky, it missed Puerto Rico, it hit the Virgin Islands but not as bad as it could have.”
The entire state of Florida is now under a state of emergency and authorities urged residents to stockpile a week’s worth of food and supplies to meet the impact of the hurricane that is predicted to hit the state as a Category 4 storm as early as Monday.
In his Friday morning update, National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said from 8 p.m. Sunday through Monday night, Florida will start experiencing tropical storm force winds across the state.
“Tropical storm force winds mean it’s too dangerous to drive. It’s too dangerous to be on a ladder. It’s too dangerous to be outside holding plywood. In other words, you gotta start having things wrapped up,” he warned. “You have today, you have Saturday and you maybe have early Sunday. Take it seriously. Have your plan ready to go with everything that you need for a week just in case. You have your medicine. You have your supplies. Have all that ready to go in your plan.”
Some areas of the state, he said, could get up to 15 inches of rain while he said forecasts show 10-foot storm surges or higher.
While he still hopes Florida might get “lucky,” Trump noted in his address that experts have told him that Dorian will be at least as big as Hurricane Andrew that devastated Florida as a Category 5 storm in 1992.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair