Florida Braces for Effects From Slow-Moving, Destructive Hurricane Dorian

Florida is preparing for the effects of Hurricane Dorian, a catastrophic storm system that most models predict will stay offshore but that will still have significant effects in the state.

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ORMOND BEACH, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 01: People gather at the beach as the threat of Hurricane Dorian looms on September 1, 2019 in Ormond Beach, Florida. Dorian, once expected to make landfall near Indialantic in Florida as a category 4 storm, is currently predicted to turn north and stay off the Florida coast lessening the impact on the area. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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BOCA RATION, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 02: A surfer enjoys the waves as Hurricane Dorian continues to make its way toward the Florida coast on September 02, 2019 in Boca Ration, Florida. Dorian, once expected to make landfall along the Florida coast as a category 4 storm, is currently predicted to turn north and stay off the Florida coast, lessening the impact on the area. Dorian strengthened to a "catastrophic" Category 5 storm today, packing winds of 175 mph and bearing down on the northern Bahamas before an expected turn to the north along the eastern seaboard of the United States, according to weather forecasts. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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The entrance to Wambasso Beach County Park is closed in Wambasso Beach, Florida on September 1, 2019, ahead of Hurricane Dorian. - Hurricane Dorian unleashed "catastrophic conditions" as it hit the northern Bahamas, lashing the low-lying island chain with devastating 180 mph (285 kph) winds, the most intense in its modern history. Florida residents, meanwhile, were bracing for a potentially dangerous brush with the storm as it slowly turns north after passing the Bahamas. (Photo by Adam DelGiudice / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADAM DELGIUDICE/AFP/Getty Images)
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INDIALANTIC, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 02: Visitors watch as waves crash onto the beach as Hurricane Dorian continues to make its way toward the Florida coast on September 2, 2019 in Indialantic, Florida. The Category 4 storm is slow-moving, parking itself over Grand Bahama Island and unleashing blinding rain, powerful winds and a destructive storm surge. The governors of Georgia and South Carolina ordered the evacuation of more than a million people living along the coastline in anticipation of the storm's arrival later in the week, according to published reports. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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The information board displays all the cancelled flights at the Fort Lauderdale International airport ahead of the arrival of hurricane Dorian at ForT Lauderdale, Florida on September 2, 2019. - Hurricane Dorian battered the Bahamas with ferocious wind and rain, the monstrous Category 5 storm wrecking towns and homes as it churned on an uncertain path toward the US coast where hundreds of thousands were ordered to evacuate. (Photo by Michele Eve SANDBERG / AFP) (Photo credit should read MICHELE EVE SANDBERG/AFP/Getty Images)
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Maintenance company owner John Francione exits the Inlet Reef Apartments after finishing the work of boarding up the windows in Riviera Beach, Florida on September 1, 2019, ahead of Hurricane Dorian. - Hurricane Dorian unleashed "catastrophic conditions" as it hit the northern Bahamas, lashing the low-lying island chain with devastating 180 mph (285 kph) winds, the most intense in its modern history. Florida residents, meanwhile, were bracing for a potentially dangerous brush with the storm as it slowly turns north after passing the Bahamas. (Photo by Adam DelGiudice / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADAM DELGIUDICE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Police cars block the entrance to Wambasso Beach County Park in Wambasso Beach, Florida on September 1, 2019, ahead of Hurricane Dorian. - Hurricane Dorian unleashed "catastrophic conditions" as it hit the northern Bahamas, lashing the low-lying island chain with devastating 180 mph (285 kph) winds, the most intense in its modern history. Florida residents, meanwhile, were bracing for a potentially dangerous brush with the storm as it slowly turns north after passing the Bahamas. (Photo by Adam DelGiudice / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADAM DELGIUDICE/AFP/Getty Images)
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MELBOURNE, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 01: A tanker truck driver resupplies a gas station with fuel as Hurricane Dorian continues to make its way toward the Florida coast on September 1, 2019 in Melbourne, Florida. Dorian strengthened to a "catastrophic" Category 5 storm today, packing winds of 175 mph and bearing down on the northern Bahamas before an expected turn to the north along the eastern seaboard of the United States, according to weather forecasts. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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MELBOURNE, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 01: Ken and Deb Campbell remove the sign from the front of their window tinting business as Hurricane Dorian continues to make its way toward the Florida coast on September 1, 2019 in Melbourne, Florida. Dorian strengthened to a "catastrophic" Category 5 storm today, packing winds of 175 mph and bearing down on the northern Bahamas before an expected turn to the north along the eastern seaboard of the United States, according to weather forecasts. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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ORMOND BEACH, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 01: A women watches the Atlantic Ocean churn as Hurricane Dorian approaches on September 1, 2019 in Ponce Inlet, Florida. Dorian strengthened to a "catastrophic" Category 5 storm today, packing winds of 175 mph and bearing down on the northern Bahamas before an expected turn to the north along the eastern seaboard of the United States, according to weather forecasts. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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INDIALANTIC, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 02: Visitors play in the water as waves crash onto the beach as Hurricane Dorian continues to make its way toward the Florida coast on September 2, 2019 in Indialantic, Florida. The Category 4 storm is slow-moving, parking itself over Grand Bahama Island and unleashing blinding rain, powerful winds and a destructive storm surge. The governors of Georgia and South Carolina ordered the evacuation of more than a million people living along the coastline in anticipation of the storm's arrival later in the week, according to published reports. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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ORMOND BEACH, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 01: People look out over the Atlantic Ocean as Hurricane Dorian approaches on September 1, 2019 in Ormond Beach, Florida. Dorian strengthened to a "catastrophic" Category 5 storm today, packing winds of 175 mph and bearing down on the northern Bahamas before an expected turn to the north along the eastern seaboard of the United States, according to weather forecasts. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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A woman fills up a plastic gas can in Cocoa Beach, Florida, as Hurricane Dorian approaches on September 1, 2019. - Hurricane Dorian unleashed "catastrophic conditions" as it hit the northern Bahamas, lashing the low-lying island chain with devastating 180 mph (285 kph) winds, the most intense in its modern history. Florida residents, meanwhile, were bracing for a potentially dangerous brush with the storm as it slowly turns north after passing the Bahamas. (Photo by Ricardo ARDUENGO / AFP) (Photo credit should read RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP/Getty Images)
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PORT SALERNO, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 1: (L-R) Langdon Bryant, Marcus McClain and Torrie Bryant, 5, hang plywood over a window as they protect the home just in case Hurricane Dorian hits the area on September 01, 2019 in Port Salerno, Florida. Dorian was projected to make landfall along the Florida coast but now projections have it making a sharp turn to the north as it closes in on Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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A woman exits a boarded up grocery store in Cocoa Beach, Florida, as Hurricane Dorian approaches on September 1, 2019. - Hurricane Dorian unleashed "catastrophic conditions" as it hit the northern Bahamas, lashing the low-lying island chain with devastating 180 mph (285 kph) winds, the most intense in its modern history. Florida residents, meanwhile, were bracing for a potentially dangerous brush with the storm as it slowly turns north after passing the Bahamas. (Photo by Ricardo ARDUENGO / AFP) (Photo credit should read RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP/Getty Images)
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Employees of the Island Root Kava Lounge board up the windows of the business in preparation for Hurricane Dorian in Melbourne, Florida, U.S., on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019. Dorian came ashore in the Bahamas tied as the most powerful storm to hit land anywhere in the Atlantic. The fate of Florida remains uncertain as the storm churns in the ocean. Photographer: Zack Wittman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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Out of service fuel pumps are covered in plastic wrap and tarps at an Exxon Mobile gas station ahead of Hurricane Dorian in Melbourne, Florida, U.S., on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019. Dorian came ashore in the Bahamas tied as the most powerful storm to hit land anywhere in the Atlantic. The fate of Florida remains uncertain as the storm churns in the ocean. Photographer: Zack Wittman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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A beachgoer is seen taking pictures on the shore in John D. MacArthur Beach State Park while the beaches are closed and there are mandatory evacuation orders for parts of Palm Beach County in North Palm Beach, Florida on September 1, 2019, ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Dorian. - Hurricane Dorian unleashed "catastrophic conditions" as it hit the northern Bahamas, lashing the low-lying island chain with devastating 180 mph (285 kph) winds, the most intense in its modern history. Florida residents, meanwhile, were bracing for a potentially dangerous brush with the storm as it slowly turns north after passing the Bahamas. (Photo by Eva Marie UZCATEGUI / AFP) (Photo credit should read EVA MARIE UZCATEGUI/AFP/Getty Images)
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Martin County residents begin checking in to a hurricane shelter at Jensen Beach High School in Florida, on September 1, 2019. - Hurricane Dorian unleashed "catastrophic conditions" as it hit the northern Bahamas, lashing the low-lying island chain with devastating 180 mph (285 kph) winds, the most intense in its modern history. Florida residents, meanwhile, were bracing for a potentially dangerous brush with the storm as it slowly turns north after passing the Bahamas. (Photo by Adam DelGiudice / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADAM DELGIUDICE/AFP/Getty Images)
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