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Daytona Beach, Florida (CNN)All of Florida is under a state of emergency and authorities are urging residents to stockpile a week’s worth of food and supplies as Hurricane Dorian gathers strength and aims to slam the state as soon as Monday as a Category 4 storm.

“It’s going to impact the entirety of Florida, and residents need to be prepared,” Acting FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor said Friday morning on CNN’s New Day. “So, take the time now … to understand what your local risk is.”FOLLOW LIVE UPDATES“The clock is ticking right now,” he added. “Don’t waste time. Prepare yourself and your family.” Dorian, now a Category 2 hurricane with sustained winds of 110 mph — just one mile per hour shy of Category 3 strength — is due to slow its forward speed in the coming days, allowing it to gain intensity over warm Caribbean waters and fuel the heavy rains, damaging wind and storm surge it’s expected to deliver, CNN meteorologist Derek Van Dam said.Read MoreTRACK THE STORMHurricane watches have been issued for the northwestern Bahamas, where Dorian is expected to hit Sunday as a Category 3 storm, the National Hurricane Center said. It is then forecast to roar toward the US mainland Monday evening into Tuesday morning at major-hurricane strength, though experts warn that forecasts are subject to change. “There is a wide cone of uncertainty of the storm, especially since it is still days from landfall on Florida,” CNN meteorologist Rob Shackelford said. The cone extends from Key West up to around Jacksonville, a distance of 500 miles, he added. Big storm, big responseDorian warrants a multibillion dollar price tag, FEMA associate administrator Jeffrey Byard told reporters Thursday.”This is going to be a big storm. We’re prepared for a big response,” he said.Since Dorian had minimal impact on Puerto Rico, the agency is shifting staff from the island to Florida in preparation.Dozens of Orange County residents fill sandbags at Blanchard Park in Orlando, Florida, on Wednesday, August 28.Dozens of Orange County residents fill sandbags at Blanchard Park in Orlando, Florida, on Wednesday, August 28. Photos: Bracing for DorianDozens of Orange County residents fill sandbags at Blanchard Park in Orlando, Florida, on Wednesday, August 28.Hide Caption 1 of 14Shoppers wait in long lines at a Costco in Davie, Florida, on Thursday, August 29.Shoppers wait in long lines at a Costco in Davie, Florida, on Thursday, August 29. Photos: Bracing for DorianShoppers wait in long lines at a Costco in Davie, Florida, on Thursday, August 29.Hide Caption 2 of 14A satellite view of Dorian, taken by NOAA at 10:20 a.m. ET on August 29.A satellite view of Dorian, taken by NOAA at 10:20 a.m. ET on August 29. Photos: Bracing for DorianA satellite view of Dorian, taken by NOAA at 10:20 a.m. ET on August 29.Hide Caption 3 of 14A man fills containers with gasoline in preparation for Dorian in Hialeah, Florida, on August 29.A man fills containers with gasoline in preparation for Dorian in Hialeah, Florida, on August 29. Photos: Bracing for DorianA man fills containers with gasoline in preparation for Dorian in Hialeah, Florida, on August 29.Hide Caption 4 of 14A man rides a bike by a building with boarded up windows in South Miami Beach on August 29.A man rides a bike by a building with boarded up windows in South Miami Beach on August 29. Photos: Bracing for DorianA man rides a bike by a building with boarded up windows in South Miami Beach on August 29.Hide Caption 5 of 14Empty shelves are seen at a supermarket in Patillas, Puerto Rico, on August 28.Empty shelves are seen at a supermarket in Patillas, Puerto Rico, on August 28. Photos: Bracing for DorianEmpty shelves are seen at a supermarket in Patillas, Puerto Rico, on August 28.Hide Caption 6 of 14People stock up with groceries and water in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on August 28.People stock up with groceries and water in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on August 28. Photos: Bracing for DorianPeople stock up with groceries and water in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on August 28.Hide Caption 7 of 14Ya Mary Morales and Henry Sustache put plywood over the windows of their home in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, on August 28.Ya Mary Morales and Henry Sustache put plywood over the windows of their home in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, on August 28. Photos: Bracing for DorianYa Mary Morales and Henry Sustache put plywood over the windows of their home in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, on August 28.Hide Caption 8 of 14Workers prepare a store's exterior in Humacao, Puerto Rico, on August 28.Workers prepare a store's exterior in Humacao, Puerto Rico, on August 28. Photos: Bracing for DorianWorkers prepare a store’s exterior in Humacao, Puerto Rico, on August 28.Hide Caption 9 of 14Cars line up for fuel at a gas station in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, on Tuesday, August 27.Cars line up for fuel at a gas station in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, on Tuesday, August 27. Photos: Bracing for DorianCars line up for fuel at a gas station in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, on Tuesday, August 27.Hide Caption 10 of 14Men board up a shop's windows in Boqueron, Puerto Rico, on August 27.Men board up a shop's windows in Boqueron, Puerto Rico, on August 27. Photos: Bracing for DorianMen board up a shop’s windows in Boqueron, Puerto Rico, on August 27.Hide Caption 11 of 14Municipal employees clear debris in Ponce, Puerto Rico, on August 27.Municipal employees clear debris in Ponce, Puerto Rico, on August 27. Photos: Bracing for DorianMunicipal employees clear debris in Ponce, Puerto Rico, on August 27.Hide Caption 12 of 14Residents board up a storefront pharmacy in Bridgetown, Barbados, on Monday, August 26.Residents board up a storefront pharmacy in Bridgetown, Barbados, on Monday, August 26. Photos: Bracing for DorianResidents board up a storefront pharmacy in Bridgetown, Barbados, on Monday, August 26.Hide Caption 13 of 14Residents stand in line at a grocery store in Bridgetown on August 26.Residents stand in line at a grocery store in Bridgetown on August 26. Photos: Bracing for DorianResidents stand in line at a grocery store in Bridgetown on August 26.Hide Caption 14 of 1402 dorian FL 082901 dorian 082901 hurricane dorian 19082902 dorian 082902 hurricane dorian 19082909 ts dorian 082801 dorian FL 082902 ts dorian 082808 ts dorian 082807 ts dorian 082803 ts dorian 082804 ts dorian 082805 ts dorian 082806 ts dorian 0828Dorian already has claimed the title of strongest storm so far of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season. If it reaches Florida, this will be the fourth year in a row a hurricane of any strength has hit the state. That would be the most years in a row since the 1940s.And if it reaches Florida as a Category 4 storm, with sustained winds of around 130 mph, it would be the strongest hurricane to strike Florida’s east coast since Hurricane Andrew in 1992, CNN Meteorologist Brandon Miller said.Florida residents are stocking up DeSantis declared a state of emergency for all 67 Florida counties. The state has 819,000 gallons of water and 1.8 million meals ready for distribution, he said.Florida residents have been stocking up on gas and food for a stormy weekend, and officials are urging those in the state to be prepared. “Get water, get gas, get cash out of the ATMs,” West Palm Beach Mayor Keith James said. “The more we hear about this storm, it sounds like a serious one.”With Dorian scheduled to arrive in time for Labor Day weekend, major airlines have offered waivers for flights to Florida, Georgia and the Caribbean. And tourist areas were emptying out Thursday, CNN affiliate WFLA reported. “We usually get hundreds of visitors every day, and it’s just been one of those days that drives everyone away. It’s a gorgeous day but the hurricane is just going to kill it all,” Jason Pun, owner of a Cocoa Beach restaurant, told the station.”it is taking a little bit of a hindrance, especially when we’re supposed to be preparing for one of our busiest weekends of the year,” Frank Figueroa, owner of the neighboring Sandbar, said. Military and NASA are making adjustmentsTo avoid damage from Dorian, the US Navy is moving more than 40 planes from Jacksonville to bases in Michigan, Ohio and Texas.The US Air Force is evacuating 16 aircraft from MacDill Air Force Base near Tampa to McConnell Air Force Base near Wichita, Kansas, an Air Force official said.Florida is keeping an eye on nursing homes' generators after Hurricane Irma fatalitiesFlorida is keeping an eye on nursing homes' generators after Hurricane Irma fatalitiesFlorida is keeping an eye on nursing homes' generators after Hurricane Irma fatalitiesFlorida State University had been scheduled to play its season-opening game off campus, in Jacksonville near the Atlantic coast. But because Dorian will be approaching, the game has been moved farther inland to FSU’s normal home field in Tallahassee.Because Dorian could impact Florida’s Kennedy Space Center, NASA has said it will have a crawler-transporter move NASA’s mobile launcher Friday from launch pad 39B to the Vehicle Assembly Building about 3.5 miles away. The launcher was being tested on the pad in anticipation of future Space Launch System missions.

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