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State of emergency declared in Florida for Hurricane Dorian

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Posted at 5:40 PM, Aug 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-29 05:11:52-04

(AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday declared a state of emergency for 26 Florida counties, including Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.

DeSantis is urging residents to take precautions as Hurricane Dorian strengthens in the Caribbean on a path expected to take it to the U.S. Mainland.

Florida officials said Wednesday that they are preparing for the hurricane to make landfall somewhere along the state's eastern shore.

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Counties under the state of emergency include:

Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Indian River, Lake, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Volusia and Union.

The National Hurricane Center says the Category 1 storm could grow into a dangerous Category 3 hurricane as it swirls toward Florida.

While the storm's track remains uncertain, the governor says people should stock up on at least a week's worth of food and water, but be prepared to evacuate when advised.

The governor's declaration allows resources to be more efficiently and urgently marshaled ahead of the hurricane's arrival.