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Trump warns Florida to prepare as Dorian approaches

Trump warns Florida to prepare as Dorian approaches
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President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Georgia secretary of state withholds support for 'reactionary' GOP voting bills MORE on Thursday warned Florida residents to prepare for Hurricane Dorian as it approaches the coast.

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"Hurricane Dorian looks like it will be hitting Florida late Sunday night," the president tweeted.

"Be prepared and please follow State and Federal instructions, it will be a very big Hurricane, perhaps one of the biggest!"

The storm, which is expected to hit Florida this weekend, was upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane Wednesday as it passed over the U.S. Virgin Islands. The storm moved past Puerto Rico early Wednesday morning.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisDeSantis defends Florida over lack of detailed vaccine distribution plan Trump to attack Biden in CPAC speech Palm Beach County officials refuse order to lower flags for Limbaugh MORE (R) declared a state of emergency on Wednesday while urging residents to exercise caution.

The National Hurricane Center has warned that a storm surge is possible, which could upgrade the hurricane from Category 1.

The federal agency also warns of potential for heavy rains.