A new model predicts that 7.5 million Florida residents will lose power as a result of Hurricane Dorian
The storm’s maximum sustained winds increased on Friday morning to near 110mph near the Bahamas
Dorian is currently a Category 2 storm, but it is expected to turn into a Category 3 storm later today
The Trump administration said it is preparing for Dorian’s arrival by shipping supplies to affected areas
Meteorologists say the storm could be comparable to Hurricane Andrew, which devastated Florida in 1992
Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for all of Florida’s 67 counties on Thursday
Some meteorologists warned that Dorian could hit as a Category 5 because it has developed an eye
By MARY KEKATOS and MEGAN SHEETS
30 August 2019
Around 7.5 million Florida residents could be without power after Hurricane Dorian hits the state’s east coast as early as Monday.
A new model, from the University of Michigan, Industrial & Operations Engineering program, predicts at least 35 percent of the Sunshine State’s population will lose electricity.
Dorian is becoming more powerful as it passes the warm waters off of Florida’s coast with maximum sustained winds increased Friday morning to near 110 mph.
As of 8am on Friday, Dorian was about 260 miles east-northeast of the southern Bahamas. It is a Category 2 storm, but it expected to turn into a Category 3 later today.
By the time Dorian hits Florida, it is likely to hit as a dangerous Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph with gusts up to 160 mph, reported the Orlando Sentinel.
Some meteorologists are predicting that there is a possibility for the storm become a category 5 because Dorian has now developed an eye.
‘Hurricane #Dorian has developed an eye…Expecting it to become a major hurricane today,’ said meteorologist Ryan Maue on Twitter on Friday. ‘Nothing currently stopping storm from reaching Category 5. There I said it.’
That makes the storm comparable to Hurricane Andrew, which was was the most destructive hurricane to ever hit Florida where it made landfall, with wind speeds as high as 165mph, killing 65 people and causing $27.3billion in damage.
Source: Power outages are set to affect 7.5 MILLION Florida residents when monster Hurricane Dorian strikes on Labor Day – possibly as a Category 5 – the strongest storm to batter the state’s east coast since Andrew in 1992