Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands breathed relief on Wednesday night when Hurricane Dorian moved away from them and did far less damage than had been feared.
Whether Florida will have a similar fortune, however, remained doubtful According to forecasters predicting that Dorian might hit the state hard – possibly in Category 3 strength.
If the current track of the storm persists, Dorian "The strongest hurricane that hit Central Florida for over 30 years," said Glenn Richards, Meteorologist for FOX 35 in Orlando.
"Hurricane force sustained winds would be carried across the entire width of the state if the current forecast holds," he warned Florida began to get ready, local and regional governments distributed sandbags, and many residents rushed to shops for Water, canned food and emergency supplies.
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In a Publix supermarket in Fort Lauderdale, buyer Jerry Pollack told Miami FOX affiliate WSVN-TV that he was there to buy several liters of bottled water.
said the station.
"It should go further north," he said of the hurricane, "but we will keep these [water bottles] until November."
"At this point, it's all about preparation," Tracy Jackson, head of emergency management at Broward County, told the station. "Everyone should already have an idea of what they will do when the storm threatens, so this is a great time to review these things."
"At this point, it's all about preparation, everyone should already have one Imagine what he will do when the storm threatens, this is a great time to review these things. "
James Falvey, owner of Tree Tech Pros said its business has boomed in recent days Homeowners want branches removed from power lines in anticipation of the hurricane.
"Phone calls are coming in like crazy," Falvey told Orlando's FOX 35.  "All Floridians on the East Coast should have 7 days full of supplies, prepare their homes and track the route exactly," wrote Governor Ron DeSantis on Wednesday in a tweet before facing the exception state for the worst affected counties.
Dennis Feltgen, meteorologist at the Hurricane Center in Miami, said Dorian could hit anywhere along the southern Atlantic coast, from South Carolina to South Florida.
. On Wednesday, Dorian was centered about 90 miles north of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The US National Hurricane Center said maximum steady wind speed had increased to 85 mph as the storm moved northwest at 13 miles per hour.
"We are happy because there are no claims to report," said Mayor William Solís of the small Puerto Rican island of Culebra to the Associated Press. He said only one church has lost power.
HURRICANE DORIAN TRANSLATES TO FLORIDA AS AN EMERGENCY STATE DECLARES According to government spokesman Richard Motta, failures have been reported in St. Croix.
The resulting damage seemed to be limited to fallen trees and at least one run-down power pole in St. Thomas.
"We are grateful it was not a stronger storm," he told the Associated Press.
In the British Virgin Islands, Governor Augustus Jaspert said crews cleared roads and inspected infrastructure late Wednesday afternoon
But forecasters warned that the hurricane would gain in strength and likely become a dangerous storm if he drives towards North Bahamas and Florida's East Coast.
The US National Hurricane Center said Dorian is expected to turn into a dangerous Category 3 hurricane because he was well east of the Southeast and the center of the Bahamas for the next two days. The forecast predicted that the storm would pass on Saturday near or across the northern Bahamas and on Sunday afternoon in Florida.
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The Storm Was A Category A hurricane on Wednesday as it swirled through the islands of the northeastern Caribbean, causing blackouts and flooding, but no major one Damage done.
Puerto Rico seemed to be spared any strong wind and rain, a great relief for many on an island where, almost two years after Hurricane Maria, there are still 30,000 houses covered with blue tarpaulins. The island's 3.2 million people also depend on an unstable power grid that is still prone to failure after being destroyed by Maria, a Category 4 storm.
Prior to the storm, President Donald Trump sent a tweet assuring the Islanders that "FEMA and all others" are ready and will do a great job.
The Associated Press has contributed to this report.