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Florida braces for Dorian’s arrival

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 8/30/19, 02:05 pm

Forecasters still do not know exactly where Hurricane Dorian will make landfall. The Category 3 storm, however, is expected to strengthen to a Category 4 by the time it hits the United States on Tuesday somewhere between the Florida Keys and southeastern Georgia. President Donald Trump said Dorian could be an “absolute monster” of a storm, the most powerful to hit Florida’s east coast in a generation. Authorities haven’t issued any mass evacuation orders yet since it is still unclear which regions can expect the worst damage.

What do we know? Dorian was centered approximately 625 miles east of West Palm Beach, Fla., on Friday afternoon with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph and moving northwest at 10 mph. The Bahamas issued a hurricane watch for its northwestern islands overnight. Forecasters said coastal areas of the southeastern United States could get 5 to 10 inches of rainfall, with 15 inches in some places.

Dig deeper: Track Hurricane Dorian’s progress at the National Hurricane Center.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Sat, 08/31/2019 04:04 pm

    Every time one of these hits, I ask myself, “Why do people keep right on rebuilding right back where they know they will likely get destroyed or serious damage again in a few years?”

    Same with people who rebuild houses on the same locations after a serious earthquake in California. Makes me doubt the intelligence of a good portion of the human race. 

  • not silent
    Posted: Wed, 09/04/2019 09:43 am

    I'm a Floridian, and I've lived here for a number of years.  I've also been through a number of hurricanes. In answer to the question of why people keep rebuilding:

    FIrst of all, the ENTIRE EAST COAST and the GULF COAST of the US is vulnerable to hurricanes; but it is also home to millions of people.  Where would all these millions go if they abandoned the coast?  My entire state is vulnerable-we were hit by FOUR HURRICANES in 2004 and at least three in 2005.  If everyone in Florida who had hurricane damage simply left, do you think the rest of the country would welcome us?

    Second, if the damage is severe, some people DON'T rebuild; but, in a place like Puerto Rico, people probably have no choice.

    Third, those of us who live on the coast aren't here for vacation.  We have JOBS here.  Our community is here.  Our churches are here.  It's our home. Our jobs don't go away after a hurricane hits.

    Fourth, I have lived in several different parts of the US, and ALL of them were vulnerable to some kind of disaster.  We had tornadoes and ice storms in Mississppi more often than we have direct hits from hurricanes in Florida.  (There are WARNINGS almost every year, but not all of them hit.)  What would you do if a tornado or other disaster destroyed your home?  Would you leave or rebuild?