The latest forecast for Hurricane Dorian shows that a severe storm will intensify in the coming days and has the potential to become a Category 4 when it drifts to the southeastern United States.
The National Hurricane Center predicted Thursday morning that Hurricane Dorian could reach maximum winds of 72 mph in 72 hours, placing it in category 4. The category is the second highest on the hurricane rate of wind hurricane ; anything 3 or above is considered a major hurricane.
Dorian was about 370 miles east of the Bahamas and is expected to move over the Atlantic Ocean east of the islands on Thursday and Friday, according to the center of the hurricane.
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"The risk of life-threatening storms and hurricanes this weekend continues to increase in the northwestern Bahamas and hurricane clocks can be issued there tonight or Friday," the Hurricane Center reported. "Residents should have their own hurricane plan and listen to advice given by local emergency officials."
It's still too early to say exactly where the storm will land on Florida's east coast, but the center added "there is an increasing likelihood of a life-threatening storm increasing over parts of Florida's east coast at the end of this weekend or at early next week. "
The center said that, despite the exact wake of the storm, heavy rainfall is expected in parts of the Bahamas, Florida and elsewhere in the southeastern United States over the weekend and in the middle of next week.
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The worst rain was expected in the coastal parts of the Southeastern United States, where 4 to 8 inches were expected, isolated areas likely to receive up to 12 inches.
Dorian's maximum sustained winds are nearly 85 miles Thursday morning, according to the center.
Florida Gov. Ron Desantis said during a news conference Thursday morning that "all Floridians really need to watch Hurricane Dorian and make the necessary arrangements." "DeSantis declared a state of emergency for parts of the state Wednesday afternoon.
President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday that Floridians should be prepared "and please follow state and federal instructions, you will be a very big hurricane, perhaps one of the biggest! "
Across much of Florida's east coast, residents began flocking to grocery stores and gas stations, stocking up on the storm's ion, according to the Associated Press. There were lines at many gas stations in South Florida when people started filling gas tanks and filling their gas tanks.
Josephine Larauri, a retired translator, went to the Publix supermarket in Miami to find empty shelves in the water section and
Laraury fled to Orlando two years ago when Hurricane Irma was expected to hit South Florida as a storm storm 5 and ended up moving west to land on the Lower Keyes and then Marco Island. This time, Larauri said uncertainty upset her.
"I feel helpless because the whole coast is endangered," she said. "What good is it to get to Georgia if it can land there?"
The Virgin Islands Hurricane and Puerto Ricoas a Category 1 hurricane on Wednesday with few casualties and few confirmed damage.
Lightning flood watches are still in effect for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands until 6:00 pm On Thursday, 1 to 3 inches of rainfall are expected, according to the National Weather Service in San Juan. Moderate to severe showers moved through eastern and southern Puerto Rico, as well as the US Virgin Islands on Thursday morning, according to the weather service.
The only confirmed victim is the death of a person confirmed by Bayamon police in Puerto Rico. with NBC News he was affiliated with Dorian.
Police told Telemundo PR, an affiliate of San Juan's NBC News network in Spain, that an 80-year-old man was climbing a ladder to clear a sewer in his home to prepare for the storm when it slipped and fell , having a fatal head injury.