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Tropical Storm Dorian: Dorian could be a hurricane approaching Puerto Rico, forecasters say



San Juan, Puerto Rico – The National Hurricane Center issued a warning of hurricanes and tropical storms to Puerto Rico early Tuesday when Tropical Storm dragged Dorian through the Windward Islands. Also on early Tuesday, the Dominican Republic government issued a hurricane watch for some parts of the island and a tropical storm watch for parts of the north and south coasts.

The hurricane center in Miami also had tropical storm warnings in place in Martinique, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. For Dominica, Grenada, Saba and St. Eustatius tropical storm watches were in force.

The center recommended that the inhabitants of the Virgin Islands also keep an eye on Dorian.

The center shared this at 5 am EDT Tuesday, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and was to intensify in the next 48 hours as it moved towards Puerto Rico.

Dorian's center was about 30 miles southeast of St. Lucia, and the storm moved west. northwest with 1

3 miles per hour winds of the strength of a tropical storm extend up to 75 km from the center to the outside.

"Slow reinforcement is forecast for the next 48 hours, and Dorian is expected to be close to hurricane strength when moving near Puerto Rico and eastern Hispaniola." The center said.

  Almost empty shelves, usually displaying bottled water, are displayed in a grocery store as tropical storm approaches Dorian in Cabo Rojo.
Almost empty shelves, usually containing bottled water, are seen in a grocery store as Tropical Storm Dorian approaches Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico on August 26, 2019

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The storm was expected to drop between 3 and 8 inches of rain on the islands off the wind with sporadic amounts of up to 10 inches.

In Puerto Rico, people crowded into grocery stores and gas stations to prepare and shop for Dorian, including food, water and generators.

Many are worried about power outages and heavy rains on an island that is still recovering from Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm that erupted in September 2017. Around 30,000 houses still have blue tarpaulins On Monday, Puerto Rican Governor Wanda Vázquez signed a state of emergency emergency decision and provided a list of all new equipment available to the public. Agencies have been buying since Maria.

"I want everyone to feel calm," she said. "The agency's directors have been preparing for the last two years and Maria's experience has been a great lesson for everyone."

She said public schools would close on Tuesday afternoon and at least one cruise ship would cancel its trip to Puerto Rico. She said that those without a proper roof can stay in one of 360 emergency shelters on the island.

In St. Lucia, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet announced that at 18:00, everything on the island was closed by nearly 179,000 people. SUMMER TIME. "We expect the worst," he said.

Some still went in through windows and bought food and water, but not Joannes Lamontagne, who lives in the southwest of the island. He said by phone that everything in his hotel, Serenity Escape, is already protected.

"I will not wait until it's announced," he said of the storm. "We are always ready, no matter what."

The Barbados government urged residents of the eastern Caribbean island to remain vigilant, even though Dorian apparently did little damage as he headed for the northern Windward Islands and Puerto Rico. The government set the warning against tropical storms.

Much of Barbados was closed on Monday as Dorian approached and authorities ordered residents to stay home due to power outages and other minor incidents.

Also on early Tuesday, the hurricane center, designated as a poorly organized tropical depression, drifted southeast between the southeastern US coast and Bermuda. It was located approximately 365 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and moved southeast at a speed of 2 miles per hour, with a maximum sustained wind speed of 35 miles per hour. It was expected to turn into a tropical storm on Tuesday night.


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