Aug 29, 2019

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 423 words, a 2 minute read.

Situational awareness: President Trump is canceling his Poland trip to monitor Hurricane Dorian (more details on that storm below).

1 big thing: East Florida faces potential Category 4

Image: National Hurricane Center

For the first time since Hurricane Andrew in 1992, Florida's east coast could be hit by a Category 4 storm, via the rapidly intensifying Hurricane Dorian.

The big picture: The National Hurricane Center warned this morning of increasing risk of "life-threatening storm surge" and "devastating hurricane-force winds" along the Florida east coast and peninsula this holiday weekend.

  • "Residents should have their hurricane plan in place, know if they are in a hurricane evacuation zone, and listen to advice given by local emergency officials."

Between the lines: "There is still considerable uncertainty with this storm track forecast," the Washington Post notes.

  • "We’re still not at the point where we can say where exactly Dorian will hit — if a U.S. landfall does occur at all."
  • "As Dorian is a small hurricane, subtle shifts in path — only on the order of 50 miles or less — could mean the difference between severe winds and a modest breeze," the Washington Post notes.

What's next: The NHC will release its next guidance at 5pm EST.

The bottom line: Florida state government has declared a state of emergency, the Miami Herald reports.

  • “All residents, especially those along the east coast, need to be prepared for possible impacts."
Bonus: Pics du jour
Photo: Gerardo Mora/Getty Images

Above: A sign announces for free sandbags distributed by the Seminole County government to its residents in Casselberry, Florida.

Below: Dorian moving over open waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Photo: NOAA via AP
2. What you missed
  1. Scoop: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his team scrambled to make sure President Trump wouldn’t meet with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the G7. Go deeper.
  2. Former Vice President Joe Biden got almost every detail incorrect in the retelling of his participation in a 2008 war story at a campaign stop, the Washington Post reports.
  3. Leaders of Colombia's largest rebel group issued a call to arms just 3 years after it signed a historic peace deal with the Colombian government. Go deeper.
  4. Reality check: 13% of American companies with operations in China have moved or plan to move all or part of their business out of China, but only 3% plan to relocate those operations to the U.S. Go deeper.
3. 1 🍻 thing

Photo: Oxford/Getty Images

"Beer pong may be getting more environmentally friendly," Bloomberg reports, with the launch of an aluminum cup for one of American college campus' least healthy pastimes.

  • Ball Corp. "says it can supplant the red Solo cups that dot college campuses and picnic tables around the U.S. with a product it calls 'infinitely recyclable.'"
  • "The new product will be more expensive than its competitors, but the company is betting that younger consumers concerned about plastic pollution will pay a premium to drink beer from a more sustainable cup."
Mike Allen