Dorian intensified in a Category 1 hurricane on Wednesday afternoon as it passed through the Caribbean. Puerto Rico, which was in a state of emergency Tuesday night, will be spared the direct hit, CBS News climate producer David Parkinson said.
Dorian made landfall in the US Virgin Islands, Parkinson reported. Rainfall is expected to be 4 to 6 inches, with places being 1
The hurricane was expected to intensify along the Atlantic coast of Florida. The storm could turn US drought into a Category 3 storm.
As of 5 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, Dorian was accumulating 75 mph winds. Its center is located 45 miles northwest of St. Thomas, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands, moving northwest at 14 mph, the National Hurricane Center said. Tropical storm winds extended 80 miles out of the center.
Residents of South Florida begin picking up supplies
Miami resident Lanada Means said she purchased plywood at Home Depot on Wednesday to begin preparations for the storm. "My daughter texted me on Instagram asking me if I knew about the storm, and I didn't do it, so I came here for my lunch break. It's going to be crazy tomorrow," she told CBS Miami.
Carol Brafman said she was buying enough supplies for five family members. "They come to my house because I have a generator," she told CBS Miami. "We survived [Hurricane] Andrew and the last one we went north to Carolina. This is not easy. None of us know.
Florida Governor declares a state of emergency
Florida Governor Ron Desantis declares a state of emergency in a state of emergency. He encouraged residents to collect seven days of supplies, including water, food and medicine. The storm is expected to reach the Florida coast this weekend.
"I will continue to monitor Hurricane Dorian with emergency management officers. The state is ready to support all coastal counties as they prepare, "he says in a statement.
An 80-year-old man dies in Bayamon
Puerto Rican police say an 80-year-old man he died in Bayamon on Wednesday while preparing for the storm, the Associated Press reported, the victim fell from the roof of her home after trying to clear debris from her.
Clocks and warnings in force
watches and warnings in effect through the National Hurricane Center.
- Hurricane Warning: Puerto Rico Viquez and Culebra, US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands
Warned a hurricane means that hurricane conditions are expected within 12 hours. Hurricane time means that hurricane conditions are possible within 12 hours.
A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within 12 hours.
Dorian could be escalated to a serious hurricane
Dorian threw a few crooked balls over the past day, the largest of which was a major eastward shift. While this is good news for Puerto Rico, it is a bad sign for the US East Coast.
The reason the storm has shifted is because its circulation is quite disorganized and large convective outbursts (thunderstorms) on the east side of the circulation make the system deflected, pulling and pulling the center east.
This means that Dorian would avoid the beating he would have undertaken if the system had passed over the high mountains of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Instead, it will head north from the islands Wednesday night as a healthy storm. This robust system can be strengthened more easily when moving north.
Knowing this, the next question is: Will the system enter into a favorable environment for intensification? Increasingly, the answer seems to be yes.
– Jeff Berardelli
FEMA employee: "We are much better prepared"
The Federal Emergency Management Agency told CBS News that the agency is better prepared for Dorian. than it was two years ago for Hurricane Maria. The federal government has sent 500 employees to Puerto Rico in addition to the 3,000 already deployed.
CBS News asked Nick Rousseau, FEMA's Puerto Rico Field Manager, what gave him confidence that the agency was better prepared now. "The amount of supplies we have," he said. "There are probably 10 times the goods on the island that were here before Maria, so we spent the last two years learning some lessons and making sure we are much better prepared."
Puerto Rico Executive Director Electricity Jose Ortiz made the bold prediction that if power fails on the island, it will turn on the lights in two weeks. "We need to recover as quickly as possible," Ortiz said. "It is not acceptable what happened last time. Many people wait 11 months for power. Imagine if this is your family, so it will be different."
FEMA brought in 100 satellite phones to give to every mayor on the island, and they were activated Wednesday morning.
– David Benio reports from San Juan, Puerto Rico
Trump approves Puerto Rico emergency declaration
The White House announced late Tuesday that President Trump has approved an emergency declaration for Puerto Rico of federal aid to support local Dorian response efforts. The Office of the Press Secretary issued the following statement:
Today, President Donald J. Trump said there is a state of emergency in the Community of Puerto Rico and has ordered Federal aid to supplement common aid and local response efforts in the wake of the tropical Dorian storm beginning on August 26, 2019 and continuing.
The President's action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts designed to alleviate disasters and suffering. caused by the emergency to the local population and to provide appropriate assistance for necessary emergency measures authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety and to reduce you prevent the threat of a catastrophe in all 78 municipalities in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
In particular, FEMA is empowered to identify, mobilize and provide at its discretion the equipment and resources necessary to mitigate the effects of an emergency. Emergency safeguards limited to direct federal assistance will be provided at 75 percent federal funding.
Residents of Puerto Rico still on edge after Maria
Residents of Puerto Rico are still coping with the post-traumatic stress of Hurricane Maria that devastated. the island two years ago. In front of Dorian, some people leave. "I'm so insecure here with the power, the food, the security – that's how I go," one man told CBS News.
Those who remain and prepare are wondering if the government is prepared, too. CBS News talks with Nick Russo, who oversees the efforts of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Puerto Rico.
"The biggest problem last was when they lost power, lost water. So one of the biggest things we are preparing for is the support of PREPA (Puerto Rico Electric Authority) if we have a power outage. Right now, we don't know, "said Rousseau." We've spent the last two years learning some lessons and making sure we're much better prepared. "
Prior to Hurricane Maria, the island had inventory of $ 21 million to replace the downed power lines and restore electricity. The governor now says they have $ 141 million. But 30,000 homes are still covered by tarpaulin and 1,000 roads remain impassable.
– David Benio reports from San Juan, Puerto Rico
Florida search and rescue team heading to Puerto Rico
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue sends 45-member Puerto Rico team before the storm reaches the island. The team travels to San Juan on Tuesday and will be ready for rescue operations.
Andy Alvarez, of the Miami Dade Fire Rescue Company, said the team should have an advantage as they spend time on the island after Hurricane Maria in 2017. "We know the terrain, we know the main streets, thoroughfares, to we go round because we have already used them, we have fuel contacts, "he told CBS Miami.
Florida Governor Urges Residents to Prepare
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis urges residents to prepare before heavy rain hits the state. Local meteorologists are forecasting 6-8 inches of rain in several areas this weekend as the storm approaches Florida.
"Based on the current footprint of [Dorian]all residents of the East Coast must be prepared for impacts, including strong winds, heavy rain and floods," DeSantis tweeted Tuesday. "Make sure your supplies are ready and follow @FLSERT and the local media for the latest forecast updates. "
Tropical Storm Erin weakens to depression
a tropical storm early Wednesday before easing back about depression later in the day.
At 11 a.m. EDT Wednesday, the center of Erin was approximately 470 miles westwest of Bermuda and 190 miles southeast of Cape Hateras, North Carolina, the National Hurricane Center reported. it was moving north-northwest at 13 mph with a maximum sustained wind of 35 mph and is expected to move north and northeast over the Atlantic.