While the trajectory of Hurricane Dorian has changed in recent days, leaders around the Sunshine State are taking every necessary precaution to prepare Floridians for the worst. DeSantis, especially, has been busy over the weekend, working hard with numerous Florida officials to make sure the state is ready for the potential danger.
In an interview on Sunday, DeSantis said the now Category 5 storm is now stronger than both Hurricane Andrew and Michael.
Ahead of the storm, DeSantis received a full briefing on Hurricane Dorian from Division of Emergency Management Director (DEM) Jared Moskowitz and State Meteorologist Amy Godsey.
The Governor also spoke with President Donald Trump and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials regarding Hurricane Dorian’s projected path and potential impacts to Florida and neighboring states.
As a result of the upgrade, evacuation orders have been issued for coastal areas of Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Brevard counties, and St. Johns County will issue an evacuation order tomorrow. DeSantis has also directed the suspension of tolls on Florida’s Turnpike Mainline, and selected toll roads across the state.
DeSantis also directed the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to monitor traffic flow to determine the opening of shoulders along major highways. The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) will assist in the direction of traffic if shoulders are opened.