Hurricane Dorian Hits Northern Caribbean, Threatens Florida & South Carolina

August 29, 2019

Hurricane Dorian struck the northern Caribbean as a Category 1 storm on Wednesday, but caused only limited damage as it left the region and headed towards Florida. The AP reported incidents of flooding and power outages in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and outlying islands of Vieques and Culebra. "We are grateful that it wasn’t a stronger storm,” said St, Croix government spokesman Richard Motta. A hurricane watch remained in effect for Puerto Rico, but the island was mostly spared from heavy wind and rain, a relief to many on the island still recovering from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria two years ago. Forecasters fear the storm could intensify to a Category 3 as it approaches the American mainland this weekend. Dorian is heading in the general direction of Florida, and could land anywhere from South Florida to South Carolina on Sunday or Monday. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis tweeted Wednesday that “All Floridians on the East Coast should have 7 days of supplies, prepare their homes & follow the track closely." He also declared a state of emergency for the counties in the storm’s path.