Hurricane Dorian Draws Nearer to Florida
Satellite graphics of Hurricane Dorian show it did limited damage in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, although forecasters warned it was gaining strength and probably would grow into a dangerous storm while heading toward the northern Bahamas and Florida’s east coast.
Forecasters said Wednesday they expected Hurricane Dorian to be a dangerous storm when it moves into the western Atlantic toward the U.S. southeastern coast.
Dorian strengthened from a tropical storm into a Category 1 hurricane Wednesday as it struck the U.S. Virgin Islands, clobbering the territory with fierce rain and powerful winds.
As of late Wednesday, Dorian was about 70 kilometers (43 miles) northwest of St. Thomas with top sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour (81 miles per hour).
President Donald Trump declared states of emergency on the islands and on Puerto Rico, which was under a hurricane watch.
Parts of Puerto Rico still have not recovered from Hurricane Maria, which devastated the island in 2017, killing about 3,000 people.