San Juan - President Donald Trump lashed out at Puerto Rico on Wednesday, calling it "one of the most corrupt places on earth" before an approaching hurricane skirted the U.S. territory, stirring up memories of previous devastating storms.
On this track, Dorian is forecast to move over the Atlantic well east of the southeastern and central Bahamas today and on Friday, approach the northwestern Bahamas Saturday, and move near or over portions of the northwest Bahamas on Sunday.
Dorian had sideswiped the Caribbean without doing major damage but, with the storm strengthening, the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands lay in its path.
The range of outcomes is still wide but it's most likely to hit Florida.
Early on Thursday, the NHC said Dorian was blowing maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour some 240 km north-northwest of San Juan, and about 685 km east-southeast of the southeastern Bahamas.
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County governments along Florida's east-central coast began distributing sandbags, while residents are already flocking to warehouse retailers to stock up on food, water and supplies.
"There's no money for that", she said, shaking her head.
It is expected to pick up steam as it pushes out into warm waters with favorable winds, the University of Miami's McNoldy said, adding: "Starting tomorrow, it really has no obstacles left in its way". A state of emergency has been declared in Florida, as unsafe surf, damaging winds and torrential rains are forecasted.
"This is going to be a big storm". Center officials are moving a 400-foot-tall (122 meters) Mobile Launcher tower into the Vehicle Assembly Building, a 52-story building once used to prepare NASA's Saturn V moon rockets and space shuttles for flight. The island's 3.2 million inhabitants also depend on an unstable power grid that remains prone to outages since it was destroyed by Maria.
Several hundred customers were without power across Puerto Rico, said Ángel Figueroa, president of a utility workers union.
Police said an 80-year-old man in the northern town of Bayamon died Wednesday after he fell trying to climb up to his roof to clear it of debris ahead of the storm.
Trump issued an emergency declaration on Wednesday night for the U.S. Virgin Islands, ordering federal assistance with disaster relief for the U.S. territory.