The city of Miami has notified a number of companies that they must remove their fleets of electric scooters from the streets in preparation for Hurricane Dorian, lest the devices become flying projectiles.
Hurricane Dorian, currently a strong Category 2 storm, is forecast to become a Category 4 storm with potentially “devastating hurricane-force winds,” the National Hurricane Center said on Friday.
The storm is expected to make landfall on Florida’s east coast this weekend, before rolling inland towards Orlando early next week.
Should Hurricane Dorian grow into a Category 4 storm, it could produce winds of more than 130 miles per hour.
No one has been evacuated yet, but officials in Miami have taken a number of steps to ensure residents’ safety, including the removal of dockless scooters.
Lyft spokeswoman Kaitlyn Carl said the company has paused all scooter operations in Miami and expects to meet the city’s noon deadline.
A Bird spokesperson confirmed the company is collecting and storing its scooters in Miami. »