Florida Gov: 'Stay safe, remain vigilant’ as Dorian heads for US
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis says Tuesday Hurricane Dorian is on "a much better track" than predicted a few days ago.
DeSantis is urging Florida residents to listen to evacuation orders, as Dorian is crawling northwest toward the United States.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the Category 5 storm has weakened to a Category 2 storm, with maximum sustained winds howling at 110 mph, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.
Despite weakening winds, Dorian is expected to linger as a powerful hurricane over the next few days, says The National Hurricane Center.
Florida Governor warns residents of storm surge and urges people to “stay safe, remain vigilant.”
[Ron DeSantis, (R) Florida Governor]: "This is going to be riding Florida's coast for the next day, day and a half. While we think this is a much better track than what we were looking at 72 hours ago, we just ask people to stay safe, remain vigilant. .. There'll be storm surge, there'll be some flooding. You know you may see wind damage depending on how close this gets to the state of Florida. But at the end of the day, being safe is the most important."
Dorian is now moving slightly faster at 5 mph, after stalling over and pounding the Bahamas for nearly two days, leaving at least five people dead, and causing widespread devastation.
DeSantis is asking locals to follow orders.
Acting Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Peter Gaynor emphasizes the warning, saying, “The threat is not over” yet.