CNN reports that Tropical Storm Dorian is on track to slam the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico, an island still grappling with the devastation of Hurricane Maria. See CNN for more details about the storm.
Here’s what we know so far:
About the storm: Dorian is considered a very compact storm, with tropical-storm-force winds (those ranging from 39 mph to 73 mph) extending only 45 miles from the center. Dorian is expected to dump up to 10 inches of rain over the Windward Islands and up to 8 inches in Barbados and Dominica through Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said.
It could become a hurricane: Dorian is forecast to intensify into a hurricane after it passes the Windward Islands and moves into the Caribbean Sea, according to CNN meteorologist Haley Brink. “The storm is still forecast to be a hurricane as it approaches Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic on Wednesday and Thursday,” CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen said. It’s expected to be a Category 1 hurricane at that point.
Puerto Rico braces for impact: Puerto Ricans are scrambling to stock up on supplies before Dorian approaches Wednesday evening.
Rescue teams are preparing for the storm: A team of over 200 people from nearly 30 different fire departments in South Florida were preparing for deployment to the Caribbean and Puerto Rico Monday, according to CNN affiliate WPLG-TV.
September is peak hurricane season: Dorian is the fourth named storm of this hurricane season. Generally, the season reaches a peak in the eight weeks surrounding Sept. 10.