Tropical storm Dorian intensified into a hurricane on Wednesday afternoon threatening the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Predictors predicted that he could become a Category 3 hurricane if he reached Florida over the weekend.
Dorian was near a hurricane on the island of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, according to the National Hurricane Center. According to the hurricane center, several hurricane force winds were observed in St. Thomas.
The storm was due to spread on Wednesday afternoon near the US and the British Virgin Islands or above and then east of the Atlantic Ocean in the southeastern part of the Bahamas, the Hurricane Center said.
As of Wednesday afternoon, hurricane warnings for the US Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands and the island communities of Vieques and Culebra were in Puerto Rico. For Puerto Rico was a hurricane watch and a warning of tropical storms.
The Hurricane Center said the storm's maximum wind force rose to 75 mph on higher gusts, and predicted that Dorian could become a Category 3 hurricane against Florida this weekend and early next week.
The precipitation of the storm could lead to life-threatening flash floods, according to the hurricane center.
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The storm moved farther north than most forecasts predicted, and could pass Puerto Rico to the east, dramatically increasing the likelihood of a hurricane in the southeastern US, wrote Brian McNoldy, chief scientific officer Staff at the University of Puerto Rico The Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science in Miami.
However, two years after Hurricane Maria's power outage across the island, the storm could prove an important test for Puerto Rico's grid and thousands died after the storm. In some areas, the power supply was fully restored only one year later.
The island rained heavily on Wednesday as conditions worsened. The worst was expected from Wednesday afternoon until early Thursday before the storm stops. It is expected that the eastern part of the island and the Virgin Islands will receive 4 to 6 inches of rain, with isolated areas up to 10 inches.
Late Tuesday, President Donald Trump approved an emergency declaration for Puerto Rico. Federal authorities may coordinate relief efforts.
But on Wednesday morning, the President had this message for the US Territory: "Puerto Rico is one of the most corrupt places on earth. Their political system is broken and their politicians are either incompetent or corrupt, "he tweeted. "Congress approved billions of dollars last time, more than ever, and it's being sent to Crooked Pols. Not good! "
Trump has repeated the false claim that Congress has sent $ 92 billion in aid to Puerto Rico. Congress has provided US $ 42.5 billion in disaster relief in Puerto Rico, but the island had received less than US $ 14 billion by May.
Trump then said he was "the best thing that ever happened to Puerto Rico!" 19659009] On Wednesday, Trump said they were "following as usual to Puerto Rico" Dorian.
Trump defended then the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was widely criticized after Hurricane Maria in September 2017. and aimed at his regular critic, Mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz.
"FEMA and everyone else is ready and will do a great job. If they do, let them know and thank them – not like last time, "Trump tweeted. "That includes the incompetent mayor of San Juan!"
In San Juan, volunteers went door to door to make sure the residents were prepared. Many houses on the island are still covered with blue tarps by Hurricane Maria.
Jorge Ortiz, 50, a construction worker who had demolished the second floor of his house in this storm three months ago and had completed reconstruction without local or federal aid, told The Associated Press that he feared he would "lose it again ".
Cruz said the island was prepared, but added, "We're scared." We know what could come.