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Empty shelves are seen near cleaning supplies for sale at a supermarket ahead of Hurricane Dorian in Patillas, Puerto Rico, on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. Image Credit: Bloomberg

Miami: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency Wednesday for counties in the path of destruction as Hurricane Dorian swept across the Caribbean towards the US east coast.

“Today, I am declaring a state of emergency to ensure Florida is fully prepared for Hurricane Dorian,” DeSantis said in a statement.

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

The storm was expected to make landfall in populous eastern Puerto Rico later Wednesday before hitting Florida or Georgia by the end of the weekend.