Approaching Puerto Rico on August 28, 2019, Tropical Storm Dorian is expected to be near a Category 1 hurricane. Before making landfall in Florida, United States, it is likely to strengthen into a Category 3 hurricane on September 1, 2019, according to a new forecast.
Dorian is also approaching Saint Croix, United States Virgin Islands and hurricane conditions are expected in British Virgin Islands and in Puerto Rico, particularly in Culebra and in Vieques, according to the National Hurricane Center. The forecast also indicated that heavy rains are expected to occur over portions of the Bahamas and Florida in the next few days.
Located in the northeast Caribbean Sea, Puerto Rico is home to beautiful rainforests, coffee plantations, colonial towns and street markets. Among the popular tourist destinations in the unincorporated territory of the U.S. are Old San Juan, Mosquito Bay, La Ruta del Lechón, Playa Flamenco, Hacienda Tres Angeles, Sandra Farms, the Rio Camuy Cave Park, Cueva Del Indio, La Placita de Santurce, El Yunque Natural Rainforest, Cayo Santiago, Museo de Arte de Ponce, Observatorio de Arecib, Balneario de Carolina and Castillo San Felipe del Morro.
In anticipation for Dorian, emergency crews are on standby in Puerto Rico. Residents with blue roofs or tarps are priority and have been evacuated to shelters, according to Puerto Rico Emergency and Disaster Management Commissioner Carlos A. Acevedo Caballero.
“Generators are on standby,” CNN quoted Caballero as saying. He asked the residents to “remain calm.”
Meanwhile, a curfew for the U.S. Virgin Islands has been announced by its governor and it recently went into effect. Evacuation shelters have been opened namely Mars Hill Headstart, Frederiksted and the University of the Virgin Islands Great hall in St. Croix, Knud Hansen Complex in St. Thomas and Julius E. Sprauve School in St. John.
Here is a video from Jobos, Isabela, Puerto Rico:
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