Fuel delivery driver Desiree Freeman said she's a popular person when she pulls her tanker into gas stations to refuel them as motorists worry about topping off their tanks in advance of Hurricane Dorian.
Residents of Astor, the isolated hamlet along the St. Johns River, endured weeks of flooding and power outages after Hurricane Irma and should be braced for another round of agony from Hurricane Dorian, a Lake County official said Friday.
Hurricane Dorian’s expected high winds forced Orange County to suspend garbage pickup next week. Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said crews won’t collect curbside trash, recycling, bulk items or yard waste Monday or Tuesday. The county temporarily suspended garbage collection in September 2017 when Hurricane Irma blew into Central Florida. Orange County Utilities spokeswoman Jamie Floer said the county will decide next week if a longer suspension of service is needed.“Curbside collection services, with household garbage as a priority, will resume after the storm,” she said.
The four health systems in Central Florida are gearing up for Hurricane Dorian. “We’re planning for the worst and hoping for the best,” said Eric Alberts, corporate director of emergency preparedness at Orlando Health.
Orange County officials hope Hurricane Dorian doesn’t bring a soggy repeat for residents of Orlo Vista, a working-class community where floodwaters rushed into 500 homes and forced more than 200 people to be evacuated two years ago during Hurricane Irma.
Before the start of each hurricane season, experts approve a previously crafted formal list of names. The U.S. National Hurricane Center started this ritual nearly 70 years ago. Currently, The World Meteorological Organization develops, maintains and approves tropical system names.
Florida will start the 2019 hurricane season powerfully informed by Matthew’s scary miss of the east coast in 2016, the statewide crushing from Irma in 2017 and Michael’s brutal assault on the Panhandle last year.Each of those monster storms was different in nature but none devastated a metropolitan area, something forecasters say will happen sooner or later.