In addition, the storm downed trees and at least one electric post in St Thomas, he said, adding that there were no reports of major flooding. In an August 29 update, Graves noted that the NHC was predicting that Dorian would make landfall as a Category 4 hurricane along the east coast of Florida on Monday afternoon. Significant strengthening into a major hurricane is forecast as it tracks towards Florida.
Heavy rains are expected to occur over portions of the Bahamas, Florida and elsewhere in the southeastern United States later this week and into early next week, according to the National Hurricane Center.
"We are standing by in a ready-to-respond state once a more definitive track is known", Southern Florida Section Manager Barry Porter, KB1PA, told ARRL Headquarters.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday declared a state of emergency so local governments and emergency management agencies have time, resources and flexibility to get prepared.
Dennis Feltgen, a Hurricane Center meteorologist in Miami, said earlier that Dorian would strengthen and could hit anywhere from South Florida to SC.
A lot however can change in the days ahead.
Dorian now has wind speeds of near 85 miles per hour (140 km/h) and is forecast to strengthen into a major hurricane by Friday (Aug. 30), according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
As of the last advisory, at 4 a.m. CDT Thursday, Hurricane Dorian was located about 150 miles north-northwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and was moving northwest at 13 mph.
One man died after falling from the roof of his house while cleaning a drain in preparation for the storm, Puerto Rico Public Safety Secretary Elmer Roman said. We'll have a clearer picture Friday into Saturday as we trend closer to the actual event. Experimental weather models indicate Dorian's odds of rapid intensification are more than double that of a typical storm.
"The Hurricane Watch Net will be closely monitoring the progress of Dorian", HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said Wednesday evening.
Trump issued an emergency declaration on Wednesday night for the U.S. Virgin Islands, ordering federal assistance with disaster relief for the U.S. territory.
After sideswiping Puerto Rico and lashing St. Thomas during its trek through the Virgin Islands, Dorian has continued its march north-northwestward.
Puerto Rico, still recovering from Hurricane Maria in 2017, expected the storm to exacerbate the existing damage to infrastructure.
Hurricane Dorian is posing an increasing menace to Florida as it pushes over open waters after doing limited damage in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The good news is that it will likely avoid all of the Caribbean and Atlantic islands, avoiding direct impact to the Turks and Caicos Islands and Bahamas.