DeSantis received a full briefing this morning on the latest trajectory of Hurricane Dorian from Division of Emergency Management (DEM) Director Jared Moskowitz and State Meteorologist Amy Godsey. He also received a briefing from the Florida Highway Patrol on highway safety efforts and participated in a conference call with FEMA and Florida’s congressional delegation.
“I’d like to thank FEMA Acting Administrator Pete Gaynor for coming to Florida to meet with me and our team as our state awaits the final impacts of Hurricane Dorian,” said DeSantis. “These potential impacts, including flooding, structural damage, storm surge and serious beach erosion in our coastal communities cannot be understated. I appreciate the support we’ve had from President Trump, FEMA and our neighboring states that have deployed resources, and we will continue to work with all of our partners until the storm threat has passed.”
The storm, which was a Category 5 hurricane over the weekend, was downgraded to a Category 2 on Tuesday.
After stalling over the Bahamas for more than 24 hours, Hurricane Dorian started to move northward toward the U.S. Tuesday morning. While the storm currently poses no threat to much of Florida, officials say that storm surges, heavy winds, and power outages are expected on Florida's east coast.
“The images coming in from the Bahamas are gut wrenching, but show exactly how fortunate Florida has been with this storm, however, there will still be impacts in Florida from Hurricane Dorian,” said Moskowitz. “Throughout tonight and tomorrow, our state will still experience storm surge, high winds and other impacts along the coast, and I urge every Floridian to take these threats seriously. For the entirety of this storm, Florida has had great support from the federal government and other states, and we will continue to work closely with FEMA, other state agencies, legislators and our local partners to make sure we are coordinating every effort.”