Welcome to the waning months of 2019, as nature's brewing, tame hurricanes intensify, and humanity's disdain for walking has made them increasingly prepared for these hurricanes.
As people in cities all over Florida trace the path of the storm, boarding businesses and stuffing sandbags, they also clear the streets of what could become deadly projectiles in the mighty winds: dockless electric scooters.
"Scooternado" is a Miami politician called the nightmare scenario that can play in the South Florida city of 460,000 people if Dorian brings destruction ashore.
On both coasts, in Miami, Tampa, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, city officials and dockless scooter companies carry out plans to disable, collect and store the two-wheeled contrails that have captured the curiosity of Americans and cluttered the sidewalks, roads and college campuses.
Lime ice pul A total of 1,500 scooters and 500 bikes from Orlando, Miami and Fort Lauderdale, reducing the "fleet" in Tampa, a company spokesman said. In Miami, Bird stores its scooters, and Lyft has temporarily stopped scooter operation and placed 244 machines in a warehouse. Jumping scooters, owned by the Uber shipping company, have removed 250 scooters from Miami and 300 from Tampa.
In anticipation of the hurricane season, these scooter companies developed collection plans in collaboration with city officials. Proponents of Lime, Jump, Lyft and Bird said they monitor Dorian's path and follow safety instructions.
Dorian is expected to hit Florida on Labor Day as a Category 4 storm with 140 mph winds. The hurricane strengthened overnight on Thursday and through Friday, growing into a "extremely dangerous" Category 3 storm with 115 mph winds, according to a National Hurricane Center bulletin.
It is still unclear where Dorian will make landfall on Florida's coast.
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