Fleets of electric scooters are being removed from the streets of Miami amid fear that they will become flying projectiles during Hurricane Dorian
- Miami City officials ordered companies to take electric scooters off the street
- Six companies – Bird, Bolt, Jump by Uber, Lime, Lyft and Spin – were given until 12 p.m.
- City Commissioner Ken Russell said he was afraid that the scooters would be swept in the wind of the hurricanes
- Hurricane Dorian is expected to arrive on Labor Day as a category 4 or 5 hurricane
Fleets of electric scooters are being removed from the streets of Miami amid the fear that they will become flying projectiles when Hurricane Dorian strikes next week.
Municipal officials ordered six companies – Bird, Bolt, JUMP van Uber, Lime, Lyft and Spin – to empty the scooters by noon on Friday afternoon, reported CNBC.
The movement will prevent the scooters from being thrown into the air by sustained winds that can reach as much as 30 km / h.
& # 39; Yes, ALL #scooters will be removed from the @ CityofMiami streets on Friday. The wind is expected to increase on Saturday evening. #HurricaneDorian #scooternado, & # 39; Miami City commissioner Ken Russell tweeted Thursday.
Six companies – Bird, Bolt, Jump by Uber, Lime, Lyft and Spin – were ordered to remove their electric scooters from the streets of Miami on Friday afternoon before noon before Hurricane Dorian. Pictured: a mobility scooter in Miami, Florida, June 2019
Dorian becomes more powerful as it passes the warm waters along the Florida coast, and the maximum sustained wind increased to nearly 110 km / h on Friday morning.
On Friday afternoon the hurricane was classified as a major hurricane and category 3.
By the time Dorian hits Florida, it is likely to hit a category 4 or category 5 storm. If it becomes a Category 5, Floridians have to fight against wind speeds of more than 156 mph.
As many as 10 million people will be caught in sight when the country arrives in the US.
Bird, Lyft, Uber and Spin told CNBC that they suspended their scooter activities in Miami until the storm was over.
Uber told Gizmodo in a statement that his fleet had also left Tampa.
& # 39; We have been in close contact with local officials and have disabled the service for JUMP scooters, & # 39; a spokesperson told the website.
We follow Hurricane Dorian closely and have removed all JUMP scooters from the roads in Miami and Tampa. & # 39;
A Lime spokesperson told CNBC that, in addition to Miami, the company has withdrawn its fleet in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando and reduced the fleet in Tampa.
& # 39; We are in contact with every city and will grant every request to prioritize safety, & # 39; said the spokesman.
Some forecasters say there is a chance that the storm will become a category 5 hurricane, because Dorian has now developed an eye
& # 39; We also communicate with our riders to inform them of these steps and to encourage them to follow the guidelines of their local authorities and to stay safe. & # 39;
Scooters are not the only concern. Civil servants and residents about the number of cranes used for construction in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
Three cranes collapsed in downtown Miami in September 2017 due to strong gusts of hurricane Irma CBS Miami.
Civil servants in various cities ordered constriction companies to secure their work zones, including cranes.
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