Published: Thu, September 05, 2019
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

Florida, USA: 600 Flights Canceled due to Hurricane Dorian

Florida, USA: 600 Flights Canceled due to Hurricane Dorian

Strong winds from Hurricane Dorian blow the tops of trees and brush while whisking up water from the surface of a canal that leads to the sea, located behind the brush at top, seen from the balcony of a hotel in Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, on September 2, 2019. "We are in the midst of a historic tragedy in parts of the northern Bahamas", he tweeted.

At least three airports are closing in Florida, where hurricane conditions are expected as early as Monday night.

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The storm is expected to barrel up the U.S.as people were to head back to work Tuesday.

"I ask Bahamians and residents on islands not devastated by this monster storm to open their homes to friends, families, and others who may be in need". "This is the time for us as Bahamians to show our love, our care and our compassion", he said.

The National Hurricane Center forecasts Dorian to be 40 to 50 miles (65 to 80 kilometers) off the Florida coast on Tuesday and Wednesday, with hurricane-force wind speeds extending about 35 miles (55 kilometers) to the west. This storm is very risky.

Whether Florida will be directly hit by Dorian is still unclear.

Weekend traffic was light in Florida despite those orders, unlike during the chaotic run-up to Hurricane Irma in 2017 when unusually broad Irma menaced the entire state.

While the waiver will remain effective through Friday for cities in Florida, the same for the cities in Georgia and the Carolinas will be in effect until Saturday.

Bahamian officials said they received a "tremendous" number of calls from people in flooded homes.

"People do understand that Dorian is nothing to mess around with", he said. But authorities warned that even if its core did not make USA landfall, the potent storm would likely hammer the coast with powerful winds and heavy surf.

By 8 a.m. Tuesday, almost a quarter of a million people had fled the coast, state officials said.

"What we are hearing lends credence to the fact that this has been a catastrophic storm and a catastrophic impact", he said. Dorian is forecast to be a stronger storm than Hurricane Matthew in 2016, but moving faster.

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