"If you're anywhere on Florida's east coast, you want food, water, and medicines for up to seven days," Governor Ron DeSantis said Thursday.
Dorian, now a category 2 hurricane with sustained winds of 105 mph, slowing in the coming days and gaining intensity in warm Caribbean waters to fuel the heavy rains, damaging wind and storm surges to be expected, said CNN meteorologist Derek Van Dam.
Hurricane watches have been released for the northwestern Bahamas, where Dorian is expected to appear as a Category 3 storm on Sunday, the National Hurricane Center said.
It is then predicted that US mainland will be hit with greater hurricane force from Monday night until Tuesday morning, although experts warn that forecasts may change.
"There is a wide wind of uncertainty in the storm, especially as it is still days before landing on Florida," said CNN meteorologist Rob Shackelford. The cone stretches from Key West to Jacksonville, a distance of 500 miles, he added.
Big storm, big response
Dorian guarantees a billion dollar price, FEMA associate administrator Jeffrey Byard told reporters Thursday with a big storm. We are prepared for a big reaction, "he said.
With only minimal impact on Puerto Rico, the agency is offloading staff to Florida to prepare for the island.
Dorian has claimed the title the strongest storm so far This year's Atlantic hurricane season.
When it reaches Florida, this is the fourth year in a row that a hurricane of any magnitude hit the state, for most consecutive years since the 1
And if It would reach Florida as a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of around 200km / h, making it the hottest hurricane that hit Florida's east coast since Hurricane Andrew in Florida in 1992. CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller said
Inhabitants of Florida Increase
DeSantis declared a state of emergency for all 67 counties of Florida.The state has 819,000 gallons of water he and 1.8 million meals ready for distribution, he said.
The residents of Florida got petrol and food on a stormy weekend, and officials are calling on the state's population to prepare for it.
"Get water, get gas, get cash from ATMs," said Keith James, mayor of West Palm Beach. "The more we hear about this storm, the more serious it sounds."
"We usually have hundreds of visitors every day and it was just one of those days when everyone was driven out – it's a beautiful day, but the hurricane will kill everything," said Jason Pun, owner of a Cocoa Beach restaurant said the station.
"It's a bit of a hurdle, especially as we prepare for one of our busiest weekends of the year," said Frank Figueroa, owner of the adjacent sandbar.
Military and NASA make adjustments
To prevent damage from Dorian, the US Navy relocated more than 40 Jacksonville aircraft to bases in Michigan, Ohio, and Texas.
The US Air Force evacuates 16 aircraft from MacDill Air Force Base near Tampa to McConnell Air Force Base near Wichita, Kansas.
Paul P. Murphy, Omar Jimenez, LaRell Reynolds, Meg Wagner, Tina Burnside and Daniel Shepherd of CNN contributed to this report.