Dorian is no
longer a tropical storm and was now upgraded to a hurricane, impacting Puerto
Rico and the Virgin Islands. The hurricane could soon turn into a major
cyclone, with a good chance of slamming Florida’s Atlantic Coast by Labor Day.
now moving northwest in the Atlantic with sustained winds of up to 85 mph. By
Friday it should strengthen, smack the northern Bahamas on Sunday and likely
crash somewhere along the Florida or Georgia coasts on Monday with sustained
winds around 125 mph.
“People have got to be ready before Sunday,” Ken Graham, director of the United States National Hurricane Center, said.
The affected areas in the US will feel tropical-storm force winds — at least 39 mph — on Sunday. And the center could pause before it runs into the land — potentially whipping cities with inches and inches of rain an hour.
Ron DeSantis already declared a state of emergency for 26 counties and urged
all residents on the coast to get ready for the storm.
“It’s important for Floridians on the East Coast to monitor this storm closely,” DeSantis said. “Every Florida resident should have seven days of supplies, including food, water, and medicine, and should have a plan in case of disaster.”
authorities declared a state of emergency as trees toppled and power lines went
down on the islands.
the storm was strong, the response was swift. Restoration processes began
around 4 p.m. local time in the St. Thomas and St. John districts, and about
25,000 power outages in St. Croix were restored around 7 p.m. local time
Wednesday, Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority Director of Communications
Jean Greaux said.
“Within an hour of its passage, The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority mobilized crews to conduct a damage assessment. We immediately commenced restoration of service. Crews are now dispersed addressing isolated or pocket outages in a few locations,” Greaux said.
Trump approved an emergency declaration in the U.S. Virgin Islands on Wednesday
night. The president had declared a state of emergency in Puerto Rico on
Tuesday ahead of the storm’s expected arrival.