Tropical Storm Dorian is expected to become Hurricane Dorian in the coming days and could create life-threatening flooding, landslides and ability outages in areas that are still recovering from past storms.
The National Hurricane Center has issued a Tropical Storm Warning and a Hurricane Watch for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, saying the blizzard may well be a hurricane as it ten-strikes Puerto Rico. This is likely to be the U.S. territory’s biggest exam since being decimated by Hurricane Maria two years ago.
Dorian is also presenting a threat to the Florida panhandle, with the NHS saying some areas could see between 4 and( in some isolated areas) 10 inches of rainwater, making flash floods. Florida is still recovering from Hurricane Michael, a Category 5 hurricane that slammed into Panama City Beach with wind speeds of 155 mph.
Forecasters say Dorian could be a Category 2 typhoon by the time it reaches Florida on or around Labor Day. The cone of skepticism likewise puts the Georgia coastline in the potential path of the storm. Officials in South Carolina are closely monitoring the blizzard as well.
Puerto Rico faces the immediate menace, though. The region is already under a state of emergency ordered by President Donald Trump and its new governor. Trump, however, took a political shot at San Juan’s mayor for his criticism of the administration’s reaction to Maria.
We are tracking closely tropical storm Dorian as it chiefs, as usual, to Puerto Rico. FEMA and all others are ready, and will do a great job. When they do, let them know it, and give them a big Thank You- Not like last-place day. That includes from the incompetent Mayor of San Juan!
— Donald J. Trump (@ realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2019
As of 11 am ET, Dorian was jam-pack sustained gusts of near 70 mph, four mph below the the categories of a Category 1 typhoon. Tropical storm force gusts extend 80 miles from the centre for human rights of the storm.
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