Dorian prompted President
"It's possible it could turn into a hurricane before it reaches
However, he said the forecast could keep changing, adding that late shifts occur with storms such as Dorian that do not have a well-defined center.
"This is not written in stone. It could change in the next minutes, hours," he said.
The Hurricane Center said the storm could grow into a dangerous Category 3 storm as it pushes northwest in the general direction of
The storm was expected to dump 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) of rain with isolated amounts of 8 inches (20 centimeters).
"Winds have picked up significantly. We're starting to get some of those heavier gusts," the governor's spokesman,
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
The mayor, Carmen Yulín 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
But Freddyson Martínez, 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 fixes that include lines affixed to palm trees.
The island's transportation secretary acknowledged that crews are still rebuilding roads damaged or blocked by Maria, including more than 1,000 that 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," Vázquez 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."
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Erin formed well off the
It was about 470 miles (760 kilometers) west-northwest of