While it’s still difficult to predict exactly where Hurricane Dorian will approach the coastal mainland of the United States, experts said early Saturday that the storm’s forecast path had shifted east, meaning it could travel north of Florida, either making landfall or remaining about 50 miles off the coast throughout the week.
In response, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency, telling residents to “prepare for every possible scenario.”
At the same time, Florida officials warned residents not to let their guards down, as the unpredictable storm could shift its trajectory again before it’s expected to reach the coast on Monday and into Tuesday.
Dorian is a powerful and dangerous storm, Florida Power & Light spokesman Bryan Garner said, according to CNN.
“Although the path of #Dorian has shifted, the entire East Coast is still vulnerable to significant impacts. Residents in East Coast counties should continue to monitor local reports and stay vigilant,” FL Gov. Ron DeSantis tweeted.