No location (satellite loop graphics) - 28 August 2019
1. Satellite loop graphics showing Tropical Storm Dorian approaching Puerto Rico. Tropical Storm Erin is also visible off the U.S. East Coast
Miami, Florida - 27 August, 2019
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Voice of Richard Pasch, Senior Hurricane Specialist, National Hurricane Center:
"Dorian is currently located a few hundred miles to the east-southeast of Puerto Rico. Moving north westward and will likely pass near or over that island on Wednesday."
San Juan, Puerto Rico - 27 August 2019
3. SOUNDBITE (Spanish/Translation text on screen) Wanda Vasquez, Governor of Puerto Rico:
"We want you to know that agencies are now better prepared than when when we had the attack on our island from Hurricane Maria."
Miami, Florida - 27 August, 2019
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Voice of Richard Pasch, Senior Hurricane Specialist, National Hurricane Center:
"Once it passes over Puerto Rico moves into the Atlantic and there's some very warm waters near the Bahamas that could allow it to strengthen again close to would probably lose a little intensity moving over Puerto Rico but then regain it over the next day or two and could be approaching hurricane intensity as it gets near to the southeastern U.S."
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Voice of, Richard Pasch, Senior Hurricane Specialist, National Hurricane Center:
"Move on off to the east of the Turks and Caicos and southeast Bahamas and then there's uncertainty about beyond that time. It will probably be approaching the U.S. East Coast the somewhat portions of the southeast U.S. Coast or Florida coast here on the weekend."
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Voice of, Richard Pasch, Senior Hurricane Specialist, National Hurricane Center:
"The track models have shifted a little bit to the north so I don't want to focus on things in four and five days. There's too much uncertainty there. So just say it's still a concern, obviously. Interests in Florida should be monitoring the progress of Dorian."
Tropical Storm Dorian threatened Puerto Rico with a direct hit on Wednesday, as forecasters said it made a last-minute shift in its path and could reach near-hurricane strength in its approach to the U.S. territory.
The storm is expected to pass over or near western and central Puerto Rico, with landslides, widespread flooding and power outages possible. President Donald Trump declared an emergency Tuesday night and ordered federal assistance for local authorities.
Dorian was located about 275 miles (440 kilometers) southeast of Ponce, Puerto Rico, on Tuesday night. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said it had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph (85 kph) and was forecast to strengthen during the next 24 hours as it moves west-northwest at 13 mph (20 kph). The storm is expected to dump 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) of rain with isolated amounts of 8 inches (20 centimeters).
The change in the storm's course concerned many across the U.S. territory, where some 30,000 homes still have blue tarps as roofs nearly two years after Hurricane Maria. The island's 3.2 million inhabitants still depend on a shaky power grid that has remained prone to outages since it was destroyed by the Category 4 storm.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane watch for Puerto Rico and a tropical storm warning for Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A tropical storm watch was in force for the Dominican Republic from Samaná to Puerto Plata.