Florida governor warns on "major hurricane" Dorian

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Published on August 30, 2019 - Duration: 01:20s

Florida governor warns on "major hurricane" Dorian

Florida governor Ron DeSantis warned Floridians on Friday to prepare for Hurricane Dorian, a "major hurricane" he said could exceed Category 4 strength.

Dorian was expected to hit the state over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

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Florida governor warns on "major hurricane" Dorian

Hurricane Dorian is expected suck powerful fuel from the warm waters off the Florida coast, swelling into a dangerous Category 4 storm in the coming days before it slams into the state early next week, forecasts showed on Friday.

The Miami-based National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane watch for northwestern Bahamas on Friday and said the risk of "devastating hurricane-force winds along the Florida east coast late this weekend and early next week continues to increase." The storm began Friday over the Atlantic at Category 2 but was already expected to reach Category 3 later in the day, with sustained winds of at least 111 mpg (178km/h).

The entire state of Florida is under a declaration of emergency and Governor Ron DeSantis activated 2,500 National Guard troops with another 1,500 on standby.

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