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The governments of Broward County and Miami-Dade County are anticipating significant effects from Hurricane Dorian as they announce respective emergency declarations Friday.
Miami-Dade County’s mayor announced he signed the emergency declaration due to Dorian’s path.
“Depending on the storm’s trajectory, we will make a decision about the opening of evacuation centers as needed,” Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez wrote in a statement. “We have capacity for up to 100,000 people, but we are NOT to that stage yet. No evacuation orders have been issued so far.”
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Broward County announced it would declare a local state of emergency at 2 p.m. The declaration would allow the Broward County’s administration the power to direct an evacuation, impose a curfew and require businesses to close.
Even as Hurricane Dorian is not forecast to strike Florida until early next week, residents in South Florida were not wasting time preparing.
The uncertain track of where the storm will strike has South Floridians stocking up on supplies like bottled water and canned foods at local stores and filling their vehicles with gas at stations across the area.
South Floridians remember well the lessons of Hurricane Irma two years ago. The ferocious storm took an unexpected turn and forced some families to reroute evacuation plans.