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Florida residents told to stock up on food, water as hurricane nears

Baku, August 31, AZERTAC

Florida`s governor on Friday urged residents in the state to stock up on at least a week’s worth of food, water and medicine and to prepare to lose power and cellphone service for days after Hurricane Dorian makes landfall early next week, according to CNBC.

The slow march and rising intensity of the storm, which is moving in a northwestern direction to the Bahamas, has alarmed forecasters who worry parts of Florida will be walloped by strong winds, a storm surge and heavy rain for an extended period.

Florida is under a declaration of emergency, and DeSantis has activated 2,500 National Guard troops, with another 1,500 on standby. No evacuations were ordered as of early Friday, but many were expected as the storm’s path becomes clearer. Forecasters predicted the storm would grow more ferocious as it gained fuel from the warm waters off Florida and be near the state’s peninsula late on Monday.

Governor Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency in 12 counties of neighboring Georgia to assist with storm readiness, response and recovery.

Dorian's maximum winds increased to 140 mph Saturday as it nears the Bahamas then on to the Florida coast by late Monday.

The storm's Category 4 status means it's capable of causing catastrophic damage to homes, uprooting trees, downing power lines and leaving neighborhoods uninhabitable. Power outages from such storms last weeks -- possibly months, the National Hurricane Center said.

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