Dubai: The UAE Embassy in Washington has issued a fresh warning to citizens ahead of hurricane Dorian, after the state of Florida declared a state of emergency.
Forecasters say Dorian, which had top sustained winds of 230 km/h Saturday morning, will threaten the Florida peninsula late Monday or early Tuesday.
As of Saturday, the Category 4 storm was 340 miles (545 kilometers) east of the northwestern Bahamas and 510 miles (820 kilometers) east of West Palm Beach, Florida. According to the National Hurricane Center’s 2 a.m. advisory, maximum sustained winds remained at 140 mph (220 km/h) as the storm continued to move west at 10 mph (17 km/h).
Here are the 11 PM EDT Saturday, August 31 Key Messages for Hurricane #Dorian. Life-threatening storm surge, hurricane-force winds, and heavy rainfall expected over the northwesternmost Bahamas. Visit https://t.co/tW4KeFW0gB for more info. pic.twitter.com/Vsc6CRvGfm
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 1, 2019
On its official Twitter account, the UAE Embassy in Washington cautioned citizens to keep a close watch on the powerful category 4 hurricane’s development, and urged Emiratis to contact the UAE mission in an event of an emergency.
“Attention UAE citizens currently in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina: Please continue to monitor Hurricane Dorian closely by watching your local news and following instructions of local emergency services,” tweeted the embassy.
(1) Attn #UAE citizens currently in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina: Please continue to monitor #HurricaneDorian closely by watching your local news and following instructions of local emergency services. pic.twitter.com/yfLU9eirz2
— UAE Consulate in NYC (@UAEinNYC) August 31, 2019
“If you need further assistance, call the UAE Consulate General in New York (646) 630-2575 or the UAE Embassy at (202) 431-5530. In case of an emergency, please call 911.”
The UAE Embassy in Washington confirmed that it had sent a charter plane to evacuate 70 residents from Miami, including a number of GCC nationals and a UAE resident of Indian origin.
Embassy team received 70 evacuees this evening on a charter plane after departing from Miami ahead of hurricane Dorian scheduled to hit landfall. Amongst the evacuees were a number of GCC nationals and a UAE resident of Indian origin whom will be escorted to their accomodation. pic.twitter.com/SLtnliRSKj
— UAE Embassy US (@UAEEmbassyUS) September 1, 2019
All evacuees safely arrived Washington on Sunday morning and were escorted to their accommodation.
“The Embassy team received 70 evacuees this evening on a charter plane after departing from Miami ahead of hurricane Dorian scheduled to hit landfall,” it said.
Source: Gulf News