Could Hurricane Dorian make it into the Gulf?

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption Dorian threatens Puerto Rico

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Hurricane watches could be issued there tonight or Friday.

As Dorian is a small hurricane, subtle shifts in path - only on the order of fifty miles or less - could mean the difference between severe winds and a modest breeze.

Should Dorian turn east of Florida then turn back north, the Midlands could experience a hurricane, according to Liscinsky.

As of late Thursday morning, Dorian was centred about 220 miles (355 kilometres) northwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico, its winds blowing at 85 mph (140 kph) as it moved northwest at 13 mph (20 kph).

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 risky storm while heading toward Florida's east coast. Dorian has already defied projection models as a wild-card storm.

It could become a Category 3 hurricane today.

And the fact that Dorian is spoiling everyone's Labor Day plans isn't uncommon either-according to the NOAA, at least 25 hurricanes have hit the Sunshine State over the holiday weekend since 1851.

Puerto Rico was spared the brunt of hurricane-force winds from Dorian that tore through the British and US Virgin Islands Wednesday, flooding roads and leaving areas without power.

Hurricane categories are measured on the Saffir-Simpson scale, which exclusively factors in wind speeds.

Dorian could prove to be the strongest hurricane to hit Florida's Atlantic Coast since Andrew, a Category 5 that obliterated thousands of homes south of Miami with winds topping 165 miles per hour (266 kph) in 1992.

San Juan - President Donald Trump lashed out at Puerto Rico on Wednesday, calling it "one of the most corrupt places on earth" before an approaching hurricane skirted the United States territory, stirring up memories of previous devastating storms.

The initial blow did not appear to be as bad as expected in Puerto Rico, which is still recovering from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria two years ago.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency, clearing the way to bring in more fuel and call out the National Guard if necessary, and Georgia's governor followed suit. Coastal locations can expect damaging winds, life threatening storm surge, and localized rainfall of over 10 inches through early next week.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Trump wrote: "Puerto Rico is one of the most corrupt places on earth". He said all of the water will soften the ground and make reduced wind speeds a threat to uproot trees. "We can get a better track after it makes landfall".

A study accepted as valid by the government, which initially put the death toll at 64, estimated that almost 3,000 people died as a result of the hurricane and the months of disruption that followed.

"But I don't really criticize (Trump for) sticking up and trying to modify the impacts of the hurricane on Florida".

The US response to Maria became highly politicised as the Trump administration was criticised as being slow to recognise the extent of the devastation and in providing disaster relief. We'll have a clearer picture Friday into Saturday as we trend closer to the actual event.

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