Despite it being too early to know exactly where Hurricane Dorian will hit, Florida Tech’s Steven Lazarus recommends everyone preparing even though it’s too early to know exactly where the storm will hit.
Lazarus is a meteorologist and he has already begun to prepare, buying non-perishable foods and twist ties in preparation.
He said students have some choices for what they can do.
“They have the prerogative to leave if they choose,” Lazarus said. “They will have the option to go to a shelter and the university will provide them with that option.”
Even with all the preparations, he can’t predict where the storm will go and when it will actually make landfall if it does at all.
“I’m not committal,” Lazarus said. “I’m not convinced yet that the storm will make landfall in Florida. The storm is expected to stall for a bit and make its way north.”
The storm is predicted to make landfall on Tuesday, and that’s still too far away to make predictions, according to Lazarus.
“That’s an eternity for a meteorological forecast,” he said. “We don’t have the precision.”
He wants everyone to prepare as best as they can despite the uncertainty. He acknowledges that despite the hype, the reality might be quite different.
“There is a lot of hype around this, but it is a dangerous storm,” Lazarus said. “Prepare for the worst. The worst is not a category one but possibly a four or even a category five. It’s still up in the air.”