Good morning and a happy Labor Day weekend. Im Tim Walker with todays essential stories. The briefing will be back on Tuesday.
Fears Dorian will hit Florida as category 4 hurricane
Florida has declared a state of emergency after weather experts warned the states entire east coast could be under threat from Hurricane Dorian, which is expected to make landfall as a category 3 or 4 hurricane early on Monday. The storm did only limited damage as it passed through the northern Caribbean on Wednesday, sparing Puerto Rico but setting course for the US mainland.
Stockpiling advice. Floridas governor, Ron DeSantis, urged residents to stockpile a weeks worth of food and emergency supplies. Georgia has also declared a state of emergency in 12 coastal counties.
Trump plans. Donald Trump has cancelled a planned trip to Poland to commemorate the second world war this weekend to monitor the storm in Florida, and has sent the vice-president, Mike Pence, to Europe in his stead.
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