Disaster Discourse: The Hagerty Blog

Hurricane Dorian Strengthens as It Moves Through the Atlantic Ocean

Thursday, AUGUST 29, 2019 AS OF 11:00 AM EST

Yesterday, Dorian brought heavy rainfall, high winds, and flash flooding to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The hurricane is traveling north-northwest of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; however, its trajectory remains uncertain. Tropical Storm Dorian was upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane yesterday and is expected to continue strengthening as it moves through the warm Atlantic Ocean. Reports show that Dorian may make landfall in Florida as a Category 4 hurricane with winds between 130-156 miles per hour.

Projected Path of Hurricane Dorian Towards Florida: Link


Florida state and local governments are preparing for Hurricane Dorian to hit the peninsula in the next few days. Governor Ron DeSantis declared a State of Emergency on Thursday, August 28, 2019, urging all residents and visitors to prepare for Dorian’s potential impact.

Governor Ron DeSantis on Hurricane Dorian:

FEMA provides guidance to individuals preparing for, experiencing, or impacted by hurricanes. Residents of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina are encouraged to monitor this storm as it approaches the mainland. The Hagerty Team will continue providing information and updates.

Evacuations and Emergency Declarations

  • Florida: See evacuation zones here
  • Georgia: See evacuation resources here
  • South Carolina: See evacuation zones here

Related Stories

  • Remember, Ready.gov provides information on how to prepare for a storm and how to keep you and your family safe: link
  • NY Times regularly updated tracking of Hurricane Dorian: link