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UAE evacuates citizens from Florida ahead of Hurricane Dorian

The UAE's diplomatic missions in the United States are contacting each Emirati in the area individually

UAE evacuates citizens from Florida ahead of Hurricane Dorian
NOAA GOES-East satellite handout image, Hurricane Dorian, now a Cat. 4 storm, tracks towards the Florida coast taken at 13:40Z August 31, 2019 in the Atlantic Ocean.

The UAE has arranged for approximately 70 people to be evacuated from Florida on a private jet as Hurricane Dorian barrels toward the state, the UAE Embassy in Washington DC announced on Sunday.

In a tweet, the embassy said that nearly 70 UAE nationals, some GCC nationals and an Indian citizen were evacuated from Miami to Washington DC ahead of the hurricane.

“The UAE embassy in Washington DC has arranged for a private charter plane to evacuate all our nationals who have not left the state yet,” the deputy head of the diplomatic mission, Shaima Gargash, told the Khaleej Times.

“The UAE embassy in Washington DC and its various annexes (military attache, political attache, cultural attache, Adnoc Office) including the UAE consulate in New York, have reached out to almost all UAE nationals,” she added.

According to Gargash, every UAE national is being contacted individually by the embassy and its various missions. Evacuations began on Saturday, August 31.

In an earlier tweet, the UAE’s consulate in New York advised UAE nationals in Georgia and the Carolinas to take precautionary measures and follow the directives of authorities.

While US media has reported that a majority of computer models predict Dorian to remain off of Florida’s coast, the National Hurricane Center has repeatedly urged those in Florida or the Carolinas to prepare for an “extremely dangerous” hurricane.

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