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Government of Canada issues travel advisory for Florida

Hurricane Joaquin forecast to miss Atlantic Canada, remain well offshore
Hurricane Dorian is expected to hit Florida's east coast as early as Sunday, Sept. 2, 2019 (via The Canadian Press)

The Government of Canada has issued a travel advisory for the United States due to Hurricane Dorian, which is predicted to make landfall on Florida’s East coast as early as Sunday (Sept. 2) as a major hurricane.

Hurricane Dorian is likely to bring excessive rainfall and violent winds.

It may cause flash flooding and landslides and could severely disrupt the following essential services:

  • Transportation
  • Power distribution
  • Water and food supply
  • Telecommunications networks
  • Emergency services
  • Medical care

If you are in the affected areas, you should:

  • Exercise caution
  • Monitor local news and weather reports
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities
  • Contact your travel agent or tour operator to determine if the situation will disrupt travel arrangements

The federal government also urged residents to avoid all non-essential travel to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic due to the tropical storm.

Hurricanes usually occur in the region from mid-May to the end of November. During hurricane season, even small tropical storms can quickly develop into major hurricanes.

As the hurricane develops, the U.S. National Hurricane Centre will continue to issue alerts and warnings for the potentially affected areas.

- Elana Shepert, Vancouver Is Awesome