Dorian strengthens into a hurricane as it approaches Puerto Rico

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As of 11 a.m., Dorian had maximum wind gusts of up to 70 mph and was located about 25 miles southeast of St. Croix.

Dorian has been upgraded from a tropical storm to a hurricane just as it nears Puerto Rico.

The storm’s sustained winds have reached 75 mph, Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brad Nitz reported along with the National Weather Service about 2 p.m. Wednesday.

“The rest of the forecast remains unchanged with additional strengthening likely as it moves toward the U.S., as expected,” Nitz said.


It is unclear how the storm will change course after it touches land, meaning it isn’t known exactly how it will affect Georgia.

Nitz tweeted that Dorian could hit Florida by late Sunday/early Monday as a "major hurricane." Experts say it could be a category 3 storm when it touches Florida.

Hurricane warnings are active for the U.S. Virgin Islands and elsewhere. Puerto Rico is under a hurricane watch.

Check back with AJC.com later for more updates.


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