Puerto Rico Declares State of Emergency as Tropical Storm Intensifies

By Jesse Sokolow on 27 August 2019
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San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is bracing for Tropical Storm Dorian, which was already passed by Barbados and St. Lucia on a track that is expected to take it close to the island’s southwest coast.

Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced declared a state of emergency for the island, which is still grappling with the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria just two years ago.

The National Hurricane Center said at 2 p.m. EDT that Dorian is moving west-northwest at 13 mph (21 km/h) with 50 mph (80 km/h) sustained winds.  It is predicting it will pass over or south of Puerto Rico with sustained winds of 74 mph (119 km/h), just below the threshold for a hurricane.

Hurricane watches are in effect for Puerto Rico and for the Dominican Republic from Isla Saona to Samaná, while tropical storm warnings are in effect for the same areas.

Officials are telling residents and visitors in the area to adjust plans accordingly, gather supplies, and stay abreast of updates to the forecast.

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