Hurricane Dorian: a category 5 storm hits the Bahamas before heading to Florida – Updates | News from the world

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The security of the American people must always come first. My staff and I receive frequent updates to ensure we are fully prepared. And we are completely prepared. But really, basically, I don't think so, we've ever seen anything like this hurricane …

It's one of the biggest we've ever seen. Its effects will be felt hundreds of miles or more from the eye of the storm and long before it can potentially land. It will go hundreds of miles. We expect that much of the east coast will ultimately be affected and some of them very, very seriously …

I ask everyone in the path of hurricane Dorian to hear all warnings and evacuation orders from local authorities. It seems they will have to give them, unfortunately. And I want you to look.

It is lurking. It has just been built out there. It moved very slowly. It's a bad thing, not a good thing. The more slowly it moves, the bigger it gets and the bigger it gets. But we want to minimize unnecessary risks for the public and our brave first responders.

I worked very hard with Florida's Governor DeSantis to get fuel – get gas because they've never seen anything like it, the rush to get so much. And yet, the Coast Guard, the Army and the Marines, were incredible. We received huge amounts of gasoline introduced very quickly.

Americans are strong, determined and resilient and we will support each other. And we will work very hard to minimize whatever the effect of what is coming. We don't even know what's happening to us. All we know is that it is perhaps the greatest. I'm not sure I never heard of a Category 5. I knew it existed. And I saw some categories 4; you don't even see them that much. But a Category 5 is something I don't know I even heard the term other than what I know is there. This is the maximum. And that's what we have, unfortunately.

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