Hurricane Dorian to Hit Florida: 3 Women Make History As NOAA’s First All-female Crew

By Li Yen, Epoch Times
August 30, 2019 Updated: September 4, 2019

“Extremely dangerous” Hurricane Dorian is approaching Florida and could cause massive destruction over the Labor Day weekend.

The likely “life-threatening storm” is forecast to bring about hurricane-force winds, peaking at 130 mph, “along portions of the Florida east coast,” the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned.

…DORIAN FORECAST TO INTENSIFY DURING THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS…There are no coastal watches or warnings in…

Posted by NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center on Thursday, August 29, 2019

According to the NHC, 150 mph winds can do “catastrophic damage.”

“Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months,” the NHC’s website states.

Aware of the potential devastating impact posed by Hurricane Dorian, Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis, issued Executive Order 19-190, declaring a state of emergency for all 67 counties.

“Due to Hurricane Dorian’s uncertain projected path, I am expanding the state of emergency to include all 67 counties throughout Florida,” said Governor DeSantis in a press release. “All residents, especially those along the east coast, need to be prepared for possible impacts. As it increases strength, this storm has the potential to severely damage homes, businesses and buildings, which is why all Floridians should remain vigilant. Do not wait until it is too late to make a plan.”

“It’s important for Floridians on the East Coast to monitor this storm closely,” the governor added, WCTV reported. “Every Florida resident should have seven days of supplies, including food, water and medicine, and should have a plan in case of disaster.”

President Donald Trump, who canceled a weekend trip to Poland to monitor the storm, issued a warning on Twitter as well. He tweeted: “Hurricane Dorian looks like it will be hitting Florida late Sunday night. Be prepared and please follow State and Federal instructions, it will be a very big Hurricane, perhaps one of the biggest!”

As Floridians are bracing for a direct hit from the possibly Category 4 landfall—the second-strongest on the scale—rushing to load up food, water, and emergency supplies at supermarkets, the federal and state authorities are standing by to support affected people.

“FEMA and all others are ready, and will do a great job,” President Trump tweeted earlier.

The Florida National Guard has approximately 12,000 soldiers and airmen assigned to provide disaster aid. Also, the aircraft operations center for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is gearing up for the reconnaissance mission.

The NOAA flight crews getting ready for the mission include three female pilots, Capt. Kristie Twining, Cmdr. Rebecca Waddington, and Lt. Lindsey Norman—the first female three-pilot crew in history.

NOAA Aircraft Operations Center posted a photo of the first all-female three-pilot flight crew deployed for the reconnaissance mission on Twitter.

As one would expect, this all-ladies team has racked up quite a bit of attention on social media.

“Woooohooo. You hurricane hunter ladies rock,” one Twitter user wrote.

Another commented: “Thank you ladies for keeping us safe. History in the making. I would board your plane anyday.”

“Fantastic!! Safe travels ladies!” another remarked.

Take care and stay safe, Florida.

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