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USA: State of emergency declared in 26 counties as Hurricane Dorian approaches

United States, Miami
August 29, 2019 at 23:04 GMT +00:00 · Published

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency in 26 counties along the east coast of the state of Florida on Thursday, as hurricane Dorian approaches the state's coastline. DeSantis confirmed the state of emergency and addressed Floridians while speaking outside the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

DeSantis said the state of emergency will ease a range of issues caused by the storm, and will allow authorities "to get more fuel into the gas stations" as there have been reports of shortages. It will also mobilise the National Guard to assist, with DeSantis saying "the National Guard is going to be on-deck for this."

Nevertheless, the governor urged locals to "be prepared" by being informed of potential evacuation routes and having "seven days of food and medicine, and water as part of your plan."

"The time to act is now, if you haven't acted, act to make preparations, do not wait until it is too late," DeSantis said.

Hurricane Dorian is expected make landfall on the continental United States as a category 3 hurricane over the weekend.

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency in 26 counties along the east coast of the state of Florida on Thursday, as hurricane Dorian approaches the state's coastline. DeSantis confirmed the state of emergency and addressed Floridians while speaking outside the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

DeSantis said the state of emergency will ease a range of issues caused by the storm, and will allow authorities "to get more fuel into the gas stations" as there have been reports of shortages. It will also mobilise the National Guard to assist, with DeSantis saying "the National Guard is going to be on-deck for this."

Nevertheless, the governor urged locals to "be prepared" by being informed of potential evacuation routes and having "seven days of food and medicine, and water as part of your plan."

"The time to act is now, if you haven't acted, act to make preparations, do not wait until it is too late," DeSantis said.

Hurricane Dorian is expected make landfall on the continental United States as a category 3 hurricane over the weekend.

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SOT Ron DeSantis, 46th Governor of Florida: "Good morning, I want to thank Ken Graham of the National Hurricane Centre for showing us around and giving us in his insight. As you know, I recently issued executive order 19-189 regarding hurricane Dorian, declared a state of emergency in 26 counties in the state of Florida, pretty much the entire East Coast and adjoining counties."

SOT Ron DeSantis, 46th Governor of Florida: "One of the things that the state of emergency allows us to do, is to get more fuel into the gas stations. I know people are going and looking, we've heard reports of there being fuel shortages already in places like Brevard County, this executive order allows more of that fuel to come. It also allows us to mobilise the National Guard, so we are obviously working with Major General Liefert. With a track like this it is uncertain where to deploy them, but obviously the National Guard is going to be on-deck for this. I spoke with President Trump yesterday, and he assured me that the Federal government would be with us every step of the way, supporting us in any way that they can."

SOT Ron DeSantis, 46th Governor of Florida: "Be prepared for a lot of water. You should have seven days of food and medicine, and water as part of your plan. I know the people are going to the stores now, some of the waters fly off the shelves. You still have time to prepare, so do it, but have these preparations in terms of food, water and medicine."

SOT Ron DeSantis, 46th Governor of Florida: "The time to act is now, if you haven't acted, act to make preparations, do not wait until it is too late, if you prepare and then don't end up getting affected: no harm no foul, if you don't prepare and you are affected, you know, that may be something that is difficult to recover from."

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