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Update: Hurricane Dorian Spares PR and Heads Towards Florida

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Puerto Rico breathed a sigh of relief as Hurricane Dorian swept through the resilient island with minimal damage last week. The ominous storm has been under close surveillance since, currently ravaging the Bahamian Islands with sustained winds of 185 m.p.h. and gusts over 220 m.p.h., and is set to hit Florida as a Category 4 hurricane by Monday.

Meteorologists predict Dorian will make landfall near West Palm Beach and head north. Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for all residents along the eastern coast of the state from Jacksonville to Miami. In a public statement he reassured residents saying, “by having an Executive Order in place and by activating the State Emergency Operations Center to a Level 2, we are fully prepared to support any community that might be impacted.”

The unpredictability of these storms cannot be over-stated, however it is always best to take precautions as the potential conditions are deadly. I spoke to my father, a 75-year-old Del Ray Beach resident, today who reported hour-long waits at the gas station and hysteria to get adequate supplies at local shops. He is stoic and I am anxious, as we all brace for what may or may not wreak havoc on our families.

If you or a family member is a resident of Florida you can visit http://www.floridadisaster.org to find information on emergency preparedness, shelters, road closures and evacuation routes.

You can also follow @FLSERT and @GovRonDeSantis on Twitter for live updates. If you’re not online please call the State Emergency Operations Center Media Line at 850-921-0217 for help and information.

Stay safe, all. Cuídense mucho.

Jessica Hoppe

Jessica Hoppe is a New York-based writer and social media strategist who founded her blog, Nueva Yorka, in 2015. She has been featured in Vogue, Yahoo, HuffPost, PopSugar, Who What Wear, Ravishly and worked as Lifestyle Editor for StyleCaster. Jessica has been passionate about writing, diversity and Latin American culture from an early age. Having grown up in a Spanish speaking home, her father is Ecuadorian and her mother is from Honduras.

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