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
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
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.
2. What you missed
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
"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."