Hurricane Dorian picks up steam, menaces Florida


HURRICANE DORIAN. PUERTO RICO DODGING A BULLET BUT THE STORM IS ON TRACK TO HIT THE UNITED STATES. FLORIDA’S TAKING STEPS TO BRACE FOR THAT IMPACT. THE STORM EXPECTED TO STRIKE THE SUNSHINE STATE AS A MAJOR HURRICANE. ABC’S MEGAN TEVRIZIAN IS IN ORLANDO WITH MORE. THE PREPARATIONS ARE UNDERWAY. NAT COSTCO WORKER – HEY HEY HEY HEY! EVERYBODY RELAX AS FLORIDA RESIDENTS UP AND DOWN THE EAST COAST STOCK UP ON SUPPLIES AHEAD OF DORIAN. THIS COSTCO IN MIAMI, MAKING CUSTOMERS LINE UP SINGLE FILE IN AN ATTEMPT TO MAINTAIN ORDER SOT – GOSH IT WAS CRAZY EVERYONE WAS SCRAMBLING FOR WATER. STORE SHELVES EMPTY, GAS LINES—LONG! LUIS: ITS EARLY BUT BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY RIGHT? SIDNEY HARVEY/GAS STATION EMPLOYEE: VERY HECTIC RESIDENTS IN PUERTO RICO, STILL REELING FROM HURRICANE MARIA BREATHING EASIER TODAY KNOWING THEY DODGED A DIRECT HIT FROM DORIAN. ABC’S VICTOR OQUENDO IS THERE. THEY WERE PREPARED FROM THE LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES TO FEMA THEY DEFINITELY LEARNED THEIR LESSON AFTER MARIA THEY WERE READY FOR WHATEVER DORIAN WAS GOING TO BRING BUT THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS WEREN’T SO AS LUCKY. WINDS FROM THE CATEGORY ONE STORM PACKING 80 MILES AN HOUR STRIKING MARINAS AND DAMAGING BUILDINGS ON SAINT THOMAS AND TORTOLA. NEARLY 40- THOUSAND WITHOUT POWER AT ONE POINT. FURTHER NORTH FLORIDA’S GOVERNOR RON DESANTIS DECLARING A STATE OF EMERGENCY AND STAYING ON TOP OF THE LATEST FORECASTS FROM THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER SOT – RON DESANTIS / FLORIDA GOVERNOR: “OUR MESSAGE TO THE FOLKS HAS BEEN – WHAT WE ALWAYS DO DURING HURRICANE SEASON — HAVE A PLAN. BE READY. A MESSAGE SOME RESIDENTS ARE HEEDING LISA: YOU’VE ALWAYS GOT TO BE POSITIVE AND HOPE FOR THE BEST. YOU’D LIKE TO THINK NOT BUT THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH A LITTLE PREPARATION MEGAN TEVRIZIAN TAG THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER SAYS LANDFALL WILL MOST LIKELY HAPPEN ON MONDAY MORNING IN FLORIDA SOMEWHERE BETWEEN CAPE CANAVERAL AND WEST PALM BEACH, BUT THE ENTIRE STATE REMAINS IN THE CONE. IN ADDITION TO HURRICANE FORCE WINDS, FORECASTERS SAY THERE COULD BE MORE THAN A FOOT OF RAIN DUMPED BY THE STORM. MEGAN TEVRIZIAN ABC NEWS, ORLANDO. MADISEN AT THIS TIME, MAJOR AIRLINES ARE ISSUING TRAVEL WAIVERS — CANCELLING OR DELAYING FLIGHTS TO THE AREA. W-A-T E METEOROLOGIST MATT HINKIN IS JOINING US NOW WITH A MORE IN DEPTH LOOK AT HURRICANE DORIAN. GABRIELLA: NO WEATHER AWARE DAYS FOR A WHILE… DRIER AIR WILL SETTLE INTO THE REGION AND BRING COOL MORNINGS AND SUNNY, WARM AFTERNOONS THE REST OF THE WEEK. THURSDAY: GREAT DAY. BRILLIANT SUNSHINE. LOW HUMIDITY. HIGH: 84. THURSDAY NIGHT: CLEAR AND COOL. LOW: 58. FRIDAY: MOSTLY SUNNY. A BIT WARMER. HIGH: 88. LET THE DRIER AIR WILL BEGIN TO POUR IN. IT WILL BE A PERFECT MORNING THURSDAY FOR ANY OUTDOOR PLANS. WE WILL SEE TONS OF SUNSHINE THURSDAY AND THIS DRY ATMOSPHERE THAT COOLED OFF SO QUICKLY THURSDAY MORNING WILL WARM QUICKLY THROUGH THE AFTERNOON INTO THE LOWER 80S. THE GOOD NEWS IS, THE RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES WILL BE VERY LOW, SO IT WILL FEEL QUITE COMFORTABLE. IT LOOKS VERY NICE AGAIN OVERNIGHT THURSDAY INTO FRIDAY MORNING WITH MOST AREAS ONCE AGAIN SEEING TEMPERATURES FALL OFF INTO THE 50S, BUT AFTERNOON HIGHS WILL REBOUND QUICKLY TO MORE SEASONABLE LEVELS. HIGHS WILL REACH THE MID TO UPPER 80S FRIDAY AFTERNOON, BUT IT WILL STILL FEEL QUITE COMFORTABLE AS RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES REMAIN RATHER LOW. MADISEN SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH. THIS YEAR’S SLOGAN….

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