"This storm is one of the strongest storms that has ever threatened Florida," Governor Ron DeSantis told The Weather Channel. "It's now strengthened to where it's stronger than what Hurricane Andrew was. It's stronger than Hurricane Michael. This is a major, major threat to the east coast of Florida." He has also mandated that tolls on major highways be suspended.
For areas north of Deerfield Beach to the Volusia-Brevard county line there is a hurricane watch in effect.
The Florida Department of Corrections confirmed that about 900 inmates had been evacuated to facilities better equipped to withstand Dorian.
The Brevard County Sheriff's Office issued a mandatory evacuation, going into effect Monday at 8 a.m. EST, for people in mobile homes, living in barrier islands, flood-prone areas, or with disabilities. There will be public shelters available, including for those who need to bring their pets or have special medical needs.
Dorian is also likely to impact South Carolina’s coast on either Wednesday or Thursday. Given these forecasts, states of emergency have also been put into effect for the entirety of Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina. 12 counties in Georgia are also under a state of emergency.
Wondering what Trump has said? Surprising no one, nothing good. He proclaimed that he’s not sure if he’s ever heard of a Category 5 storm.
Here’s that clip:
Mind you, within his presidency alone, Irma, Maria, and Michael have clocked in at Category 5. Before this, Katrina also qualified.
He took to Twitter, of course:
Seems like GOD BLESS EVERYONE! is the “thoughts and prayers” of natural disasters.
If you can bear to watch, here’s a video of him urging people to evacuate:
Here are some videos reportedly from on the ground in the Bahamas:
If you’re impacted by the storm and have a weak connection, you can follow text-only updates from CNN here. CNN also as a storm tracker (definitely not text-only) you can follow here.