Published On: Tue, Aug 27th, 2019

Tropical Storm Dorian – FCO issues Puerto Rico travel advice as storm approaches | World | News

Tropical Storm Dorian is now advancing in the Atlantic Ocean, where the churning mass of wind and rain is travelling towards Puerto Rico. The storm has quickly developed, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) based in the US warned it could become a hurricane in the next 48 hours. They said while current sustained winds are at 50mph, slow strengthening could bring it towards hurricane strength by Thursday. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has released a warning for people travelling in the area.

According to the latest weather forecasts from the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Dorian is expected to hit Puerto Rico tomorrow.

They said: “Dorian is moving toward the west-northwest near 13 mph (20 km/h), and this motion is expected to continue through tonight, followed by a turn toward the northwest on Wednesday.

“On the forecast track, the centre of Dorian will move across the eastern and northeastern Caribbean Sea during the next few days, passing near or south of Puerto Rico on Wednesday.”

The NHC said Dorian would progress over eastern Hispaniola on Wednesday night before it hits the north of Hispaniola on Thursday.

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The advisory continues: “On Thursday night and Friday, the centre of Dorian is forecast to move near the Turks and Caicos and southeastern Bahamas.”

The FCO has released an advisory for British Nationals who are currently in or soon to go on holiday to Puerto Rico.

Officials warned people should keep track of hurricane Dorian via the NHC website, and follow local advice.

They said: “Tropical storm Dorian is tracking across the Tropical Atlantic and the eastern Caribbean Sea and is expected to reach Puerto Rico and southern Florida.”

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“The US National Hurricane Center predicts Dorian reaching hurricane strength for a time before weakening.

“Heavy rainfall from intense thunderstorms are anticipated.

“You should monitor the progress of approaching storms on the US National Hurricane Center and follow instructions issued by the local authorities, including any evacuation orders.”

Puerto Rico residents are vulnerable as the US territory is still rebuilding two years after the devastating hurricane Maria hit the region in 2017.

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Maria knocked out power supplies for most Puerto Ricans and killed an estimated 2,975 people.

Reports by the NOAA suggested the storm caused more than £73billion ($90billion) of damage, but US President Donald Trump only signed off on a £15billion ($19billion) aid package.

Residents are panicked by the prospect of a second storm, and authorities have warned Dorian could have a “significant impact”.

Puerto Rico resident Zaida Garcia told the US-based ABC News: “We can’t afford another one.”

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