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Source: New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Safe Travel

United States: Hurricane Dorian update

As of 11:00 EST on Tuesday 3rd September, Hurricane Dorian is approaching the south-eastern coast of Florida as a Category 2 hurricane with sustained winds of 110 mph. Despite decreasing in intensity, Dorian is growing in size and hurricane strength winds extend out 60 miles from the centre of the storm, while tropical-storm-force winds extend out 175 miles and are currently causing strong winds, heavy rain, and flooding to parts of eastern and southern Florida which will continue throughout the day and into Wednesday morning. The storm is predicted to move up the coast to Georgia and South Carolina on Wednesday morning.

 

The Governor of Florida has declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Florida. Some parts of Georgia and Florida are also under states of emergency and curfews are in effect in some areas. It is advised to check local media and official communications such as the emergency services to find out if the area that you are in is under a state of emergency and/or curfew.

 

New Zealanders in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina are advised to avoid affected areas and follow the advice of local authorities at all times, including any evacuation orders. Seek suitable shelter and monitor local media to stay informed of developments. Visitors and tourists staying in travel accommodation should follow the guidance of their accommodation management and/or tour operators. It is considered sensible practice not to venture outdoors and remain well away from the sea during a hurricane. It is also important to keep family and friends in New Zealand updated on your welfare.

 

Visit http://www.floridadisaster.org to find information on emergency preparedness, shelters, road closures and evacuation routes.

 

There have been many flight cancellations and disruptions over the weekend and this will continue this week. Contact your airline or travel agent directly to find out if your travel plans have been disrupted.

 

New Zealanders in the area requiring consular assistance can contact the New Zealand Embassy in Washington on +1 202 328 4800.

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