Hurricane Dorian Expected To Hit Florida Sunday Night


After sideswiping Puerto Rico and lashing St. Thomas during its trek through the Virgin Islands, Dorian has continued its march northwestward (at 21kmh) and is now centered about 595km east of the southeastern Bahamas.

It is moving northwest this morning.

Several hundred customers were without power across Puerto Rico, said Angel Figueroa, president of a utility workers union.

In the northern Bahamas, any remaining tourists were sent to government shelters in schools, churches and other buildings offering protection from the storm. "The price you may pay for not evacuating is your life". "It's for the best interests of the people". The national hurricane center in Miami warned of unsafe storm surge and hurricane-force winds but said "it is too soon to determine where these hazards will occur".

Otherwise, fears that Dorian would strain Puerto Rico's fragile infrastructure were largely unrealized.

"It's important for Floridians on the East Coast to monitor this storm closely", DeSantis said.

Over the next few days, the storm is expected to strengthen to a Category 3 or higher in time to reach the United States mainland in Florida.

A few fishermen planned to stay, which could put them in extreme danger.

"We are grateful that it wasn't a stronger storm", he said. But with the memory of Hurricane Maria looming large in the island's psyche, many residents took the threat seriously.

"It's nearly as if you wait with anticipation, hoping that it's never as bad as they say it will be, however, you prepare for the worst nonetheless", he said. His company is draining fields in preparation for a deluge, he said. This time, Larrauri said the uncertainty made her nervous.

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"The Hurricane Warning for Vieques, Culebra, and the U.S. Virgin Islands has been discontinued", the National Hurricane Center report said earlier. "Is it bulletproof to a category 4?". Poorer communities typically have wooden homes and are generally lower-lying, placing them at tremendous risk.

Hurricane Dorian is expected to hit Florida this weekend and could intensify to a Category 4 hurricane before hitting the us mainland.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency in 12 counties to assist with storm readiness, response and recovery.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency Wednesday for 26 counties in Dorian's path - a sprawling area from Jacksonville to Key Largo that will tighten as the storm churns closer to the coast.

Royal Caribbean Cruises, the industry's second-largest player, has closed its recently remodeled private island in the Bahamas, CocoCay, and won't reopen it until September 4.

It will also be the fourth year in a row of a hurricane of any strength hitting Florida, the most years in a row since the 1940s.

"Thankfully, I've been preparing since May", said Krystle Rivera, whose family has been stocking up on water, canned food and gas in anticipation of the hurricane season.

Remnants of the storm's wind and rain could be felt in both Carolinas well into the middle of next week, forecasters say.

Parts of the Abaco Islands were reported to be under water as forecasters warned it was facing a towering 18 to 23 foot storm surge.

The Weather Channel once poked fun at their star meteorologist with a hilarious commercial of beach-goers panicking at the sight of Cantore enjoying the day off. All jokes aside, the possible impact of Hurricane Dorian is nothing to laugh at.