Just two years since Hurricane Maria slammed
Hurricane-force winds extend out 20 miles with tropical storm force winds out to 80 miles.
The storm is expected to grow in strength to become as large as a Category 3 strength hurricane before threatening landfall on
While the path isn't bringing the storm right over
"It's possible it could turn into a hurricane before it reaches
While Maria was a Category 4 hurricane, even at tropical storm strength, Dorian could threaten both
The storm was expected to dump 4 to 6 inches of rain with isolated amounts of 8 inches.
It's a forecast that worries many in
"There's no money for that," she said, shaking her head.
Dorian earlier had been projected to brush the western part of the
"I'm in shock,"
Trump sent a tweet assuring that "We are tracking closely tropical storm Dorian as it heads, as usual, to
He added a jab at Puerto Rican officials who have accused the government of a slow and inadequate response to Hurricane Maria: "When they do, let them know it, and give them a big Thank You - Not like last time. That includes from the incompetent Mayor of San Juan!"
The mayor, Carmen Yulu00edn Cruz, tweeted that Trump needs to "calm down get out of the way and make way for those of us who are actually doing the work on the ground," adding that maybe he "will understand this time around THIS IS NOT ABOUT HIM; THIS IS NOT ABOUT POLITICS; THIS IS ABOUT SAVING LIVES."
Dorian earlier caused power outages and downed trees in
Although top government officials in
Josu00e9 Ortiz, executive director of
But Freddyson Martu00ednez, vice president of a power workers' union, told The Associated Press that while the electric grid has improved in some areas, he worries about a lack of power line workers and post-Maria patches which feature lines affixed to palm trees.
The island's transportation secretary acknowledged that crews are still rebuilding roads damaged or blocked by Maria, more than 1,000 of which remain blocked by that storm's landslides.
Officials also said public schools and government offices would remain closed through at least Thursday.
"We learned our lesson quite well after Maria," Vu00e1zquez said. "We are going to be much better prepared."
"The main threat in this storm is the water," he said in a conference call early Wednesday. "We still have a lot of vulnerable people in the territory."
Some 1,000 customers in
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
(c)2019 The Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, Fla.)
Visit The Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, Fla.) at www.OrlandoSentinel.com
Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.