The media is reporting that Hurricane Dorian could hit Florida as a category 4 storm:
Hurricane Doria will start spinning over Florida on Monday as a Category 4 storm with winds of 130 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 11 p.m. update.
The location of the hurricane’s southeastern U.S. landfall is uncertain as of Thursday night. The probabilities are within a 500-mile stretch from the Florida Keys to southern Georgia.
Meteorologists expect it to become a “major hurricane” and remain “an extremely dangerous hurricane” through the weekend.
Dorian is moving over the Atlantic, east of the southeastern and central Bahamas on Thursday night and on Friday. Forecasters expect a west-northwestward to westward motion to begin by Friday night and to continue into the weekend.
The media had also been predicting disaster for the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, but so far the damage to the Virgin Islands has been minimal:
Within the U.S. Virgin Islands, winds have died down and rain lessened, as residents begin to look around and assess the damage. A curfew remains in effect until 6 a.m. Thursday.
The amount of damage is unclear. Sources at multiple locations in both districts reported varying degrees of power outages and flood damage to roads Wednesday evening. Although communication remained limited, so far, there are no reports of lost roofs or major damage. Amy Roberts on St. John reported conditions there were very windy from noon until 2 p.m. and then subsided.
Puerto Rico, meanwhile, had essentially no damage at all:
Hurricane Dorian spared Puerto Rico of its worst winds and rains on Wednesday, as it largely steered clear of the US territory while it battered the British and Virgin Islands instead.
One man died after falling from the roof of his house while cleaning a drain in preparation for the storm, officials said.
But as for the storm itself, Puerto Rico had feared much more fallout. Schools and airports were closed across the territory, but Dorian’s path went further east than anticipated.
Moderate to heavy showers fell across parts of the US territory — its sparsely populated island of Culebra generally received the most, with around 5 inches. Some regions received a half-inch to 2 inches of rain.
No major damage was reported, Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced said.