Florida, Atlantic Coast Prepares for Hurricane Dorian

Dorian’s projected path still holds unknowns for the state of Florida and Atlantic Coast on September 3. National Weather Service

Hurricane Dorian gained strength on Friday and continued its trajectory towards Florida, as pilots, aircraft owners, and rescue organizations made preparations for the storm.

The storm stalled over the Bahamas, causing epic destruction in its wake.

The FAA sent out an alert on Thursday to general aviation pilots, urging them to monitor the weather using the Leidos portal and keeping an eye on the temporary flight restrictions that will inevitably ensue as the storm potentially makes landfall somewhere along Florida's east coast or further north.

Other sources of weather and hurricane update information can be found on the main NWS hurricane page (hurricanes.gov) and by following the specific National Weather Service Twitter and Facebook accounts, such as @NWSMiami and @NWSMelbourne.

Pilots and aircraft owners who have not yet moved aircraft out of the storm's predicted path may find it difficult to do so as the storm moves towards the coast. AOPA has guidance on how to protect an aircraft to follow both in the short term and in an owner's long-range planning.

Rescue organizations such as Operation Airdrop are watching the storm's track to determine at which airports to stage relief missions—those bases typically need to be well outside of the storm's path to avoid working from one that has suffered damage, yet within a 30- to 60-minute flight to minimize time and costs. The organization, based in Texas, put out a call for volunteers; visit the website operation-airdrop.com for more details.

Based in Maryland, Julie is an editor, aviation educator, and author. She holds an airline transport pilot certificate with Douglas DC-3 and CE510 (Citation Mustang) type ratings. She's a CFI/CFII since 1993, specializing in advanced aircraft and flight instructor development. Follow Julie on Twitter @julieinthesky.

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