Trump cancels Poland visit as hurricane heads for Florida

Trump cancels Poland visit as hurricane heads for Florida (Source Yahoo) US President Donald Trump on Thursday canceled a trip to Poland as Hurricane Dorian bore down on Florida, where it could make landfall as a dangerous Category 4 storm. Trump, who had been scheduled to attend World War II anniversary commemorations in Poland this weekend, said he would focus instead on preparations for the approaching hurricane.

“Our highest priority is the safety and security of the people in the path of the hurricane,” he told reporters in the White House Rose Garden.

Vice President Mike Pence would go to Poland in his place, Trump said.

He called his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda to apologize for the cancelation, saying the storm could be “catastrophic,” the president’s chief of staff Krzysztof Szczerski said, according to the PAP agency. Weather forecasters said Dorian, currently a Category 1 storm — the lowest on a five-level scale — could make landfall as a powerful Category 4 hurricane with the potential to cause life-threatening storm surges. Florida’s governor declared a state of emergency in all 67 of the state’s counties, warning the millions of people who live up and down the eastern coast of the “Sunshine State” to prepare for a potentially major hurricane.

“All Floridians really need to monitor Hurricane Dorian and make the necessary preparations,” Governor Ron DeSantis said. “Have your plan and make those preparations right now.”

– ‘Catastrophic impacts’ – Georgia — another southeastern state potentially in the storm’s path — followed suit for 12 counties. Governor Brian Kemp said the storm “has the potential to produce catastrophic impacts to citizens” throughout the southeast coastal region of the United States.

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