Hurricane Dorian is expected to pass along Florida’s coastline, a greater distance from the peninsula, the US National Hurricane Center said late Tuesday night.
A massive devastating hurricane in the Bahamas on Tuesday night traveled very slowly, about 170 to 180 kilometers off the Florida coast, northwest of Cape Canaveral, toward the Georgian coast. Meteorologists believe Dorian will land in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday.
However, professionals and politicians alike warn Florida that the storm, though not directly striking, is dangerous because it can whip up coastal waters to 2 to 3 feet high.
Dorian on Tuesday night was still a hurricane two, but hurricane headquarters in Miami has not ruled out a triple strength.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) focused its attention and resources on North and South Carolina as of Tuesday night.
The White House said in a statement that US President Donald Trump had signed a state of emergency throughout North Carolina, allowing the state access to significant federal funds. Florida, Georgia and South Carolina already have a state of emergency announced by the president.
In Florida, although the storm is not expected to hit the state directly, mandatory evacuations have been announced for certain coastal counties.