In the past several hours, Dorian has grown into a massive Category 4 hurricane that now has an even more unpredictable path. Best forecasts today have the storm possibly hugging the coast of Florida and turning north for a possible landfall in South Carolina.
I am currently in Gainesville, Florida. Our Mercy Chefs team is adjusting to the changing conditions. We are moving "The Beast" -- our largest kitchen -- to western South Carolina today to keep it close to what now seems a more likely landfall on the Carolina coast. Given the unpredictable potential path of the storm, we will keep our second kitchen in Birmingham, Alabama, so we can respond quickly should Florida receive a direct hit.
It is possible that Dorian could impact Florida as a rain event and water issue. But the potential path means the storm could still make landfall from the Florida East Coast through the Carolinas -- or miss the continental U.S. entirely. That also makes our pre-deployment efforts even more challenging. We can still use your help. Go here to help Mercy Chefs as we prepare staff and resources for what could be a major disaster response.
As we watch the movement of this storm, we will keep you updated. Finally, please continue to pray that the storm will not have a devastating effect and would even turn completely out to sea!
Thanks for your prayers and partnership!
Gary LeBlanc, Mercy Chefs
(Storm track image from WeatherChannel.com)