As Puerto Rico breathes a sigh of relief, residents in Florida and Georgia are gearing up for incoming Hurricane Dorian. The storm is expected to strengthen between August 29 and September 2 during the long Labor Day weekend.
Major airlines have begun to issue travel waivers for passengers traveling through Florida as the state prepares and braces for impact.
“You could make a case for places like Miami and the Keys to be impacted, you could make the cast for it to be northern Florida,” said Ron DeSantis, Governor of Florida.
“All Floridians really need to monitor Hurricane Dorian and make the necessary preparations,” he added.
The storm is expected to become a category 4 hurricane with 130 mile per hour winds by Sunday, September 1, before making landfall in the sunshine state early Monday morning.
Officials say that where exactly the storm will land remains uncertain.
Governor DeSantis has declared a state of emergency in Florida as authorities urge residents to be ready for anything.
“If it stays on the track it’s on right now, we do expect significant impact, probably beginning Sunday. So what we are telling people to do now is make sure you have your batteries, your gas, your food, make sure you’re prepared,” said Lenny Curry, Jacksonville’s mayor.
Floridians are heeding this warning, all the while lining up at gas stations and emptying shelves in stores across the state.
“You’d rather be over prepared than wait till the last minute,” said Jason Zelenak, a restaurant manager in Daytona Beach.
As the path the storm might take is still uncertain, the governor of Georgia is also urging citizens to be on standby, ready to move quickly in the event of an emergency evacuation.