Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency and is urging residents to take precautions as Hurricane Dorian strengthens in the Caribbean on a path expected to take it to the U.S. mainland.

Yesterday Florida officials said they are preparing for the hurricane to make landfall somewhere – along the state’s eastern shore.

The National Hurricane Center says the Category 1 storm could grow into a dangerous Category 3 hurricane – as it swirls toward Florida.

While the storm’s track remains uncertain, the governor says people should stock up on at least a week’s worth of food and water, but be prepared to evacuate when advised.

The governor’s declaration allows resources to be more efficiently and urgently marshalled ahead of the hurricane’s arrival.

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