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Hurricane Dorian Draws Nearer to Florida

Hurricane Dorian is moving over open waters after doing limited damage in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, though forecasters warn it is gaining strength and probably will grow into a unsafe storm while heading toward Florida's east coast. "What's the use of going all the way to Georgia if it can land there?"

Ron DeSantis said he spoke with President Donald Trump as Hurricane Dorian approaches the state.

Gov. DeSantis has declared a state of emergency for counties that could be in the storm's path and urged people to have a week's worth of supplies on hand.

An update from the National Hurricane Center showed Dorian weakening from a Category 3 when it hits Florida to a Category 2 by the time it makes its way to Orlando on Monday afternoon.

The latest information on Dorian is in the graphics on this page.

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Dorian strengthened from a tropical storm into a Category 1 hurricane Wednesday as it struck the U.S. Virgin Islands, clobbering the territory with fierce rain and powerful winds. The storm also downed trees and at least one electric pole in St. Thomas, he said.

"The risk of life-threatening storm surge and hurricane-forcewinds this weekend continues to increase in the northwestern Bahamas, and hurricane watches could be issued there tonight or Friday", the hurricane center said.

The Hurricane Center projected the storm could have winds of 125 miles per hour (200 kph) by the time it reaches the mainland.

Puerto Rico seemed to be spared any heavy wind and rain, a huge relief on an island where blue tarps still cover some 30,000 homes almost two years after Hurricane Maria. Also imperiled are the Bahamas, with Dorian's forecast track running just to the north of Great Abaco and Grand Bahama islands. "The president reiterated his commitment to Florida and assured me that the federal government stands ready to help our state", Scott said. The sole confirmed casualty was the death of a man that police in Bayamón confirmed to NBC News was connected to Dorian.



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