Gov. Roy Cooper urges residents to prepare for a Hurricane Dorian emergency

Gov. Roy Cooper urges residents to prepare for a Hurricane Dorian emergency

The slow-crawling storm was predicted to take until Monday afternoon to pass over the Bahamas, and then turn sharply and skirt up the USA coast, staying just off Florida and Georgia on Tuesday and Wednesday and then buffeting SC and North Carolina on Thursday. As the storm spins over that warm water and with low vertical wind shear expected, Dorian will continue to strengthen over the next few days, likely into a Cat.

Koma says Disney visitors fall into two camps: People like her, who want to get out of town now, and the "wait and see" people who have been through hurricanes before and believe Dorian could veer away from Orlando.

On top of all the rain and devastating winds, people in coastal areas will have to contend with a strong and risky storm surge, which the National Hurricane Center has repeatedly called life-threatening.

On Tybee Island, a Georgia coastal barrier island, authorities put out sand in a local park so residents could fill sandbags to protect against possible flooding in the marshy area.

OIA said the latest update showed Dorian has changed its path and has proven to be an unpredictable storm.

"That will enable us to draw down more federal resources in anticipation of this storm", the governor said.

Forecasters expected Dorian, packing 150 miles per hour (240 kph) winds, to hit some Bahamian islands Sunday before heading near Florida and then skirting along or off the U.S. Southeast seacoast. The storm's march north could spare the US a direct hit but still threatens Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas with powerful winds and rising ocean water that causes potentially deadly flooding.

Hurricane Dorian changed course slightly on Saturday, possibly putting it on track to hit the Carolinas rather than Florida as previously forecast, after a risky blast through the Bahamas.

The National Hurricane Center is warning people in the northern Bahamas that they face a "prolonged period of life-threatening storm surge and devastating hurricane-force winds".

At 5 p.m. ET (2100 GMT) The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Dorian was packing maximum sustained winds of 150 miles per hour (240 kph) and would hit the Bahamas on Sunday with more than two feet of rainfall in places, threatening deadly flash floods.

Many are hunkered down in schools, churches and other shelters awaiting the storm's dreaded arrival later Sunday.

The governors of North Carolina and SC have both declared a state of emergency. "As of now, it is forecast to approach the Florida coast near Melbourne, but it may move along the coast instead of making a direct landfall", he said.

"We are closely monitoring the path of the projected weather, as nothing is more important than the safety of our guests and Cast Members", the company said.

However, she added, "that storm was significantly weaker than Dorian is". Additional orders for evacuations were issued for areas of the island of Grand Bahama.

"Part of me still feels like: So, now what?"

Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency, urging residents to stockpile enough supplies for a week. "Georgia and North Carolina also", Trump tweeted.

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