Tropical Storm Dorian, the fourth named storm of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season, developed rapidly off the northern coast of Brazil on August 24 and now threatens multiple islands still recovering from the 2017 hurricane season.
After strengthening quickly and reaching tropical storm status just hours after coming into existence, Dorian may not meet the criteria of a “hurricane but does seem to reflect the common phenomenon of accelerating storm development seen in recent years.
Now, Dorian is moving across St. Lucia and into the Eastern Caribbean Sea with tropical-storm-force winds and stands to impact Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and Hispaniola beginning Wednesday evening. The Bahamas and Florida should brace themselves for impacts beginning Thursday and into Sunday.
Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands have strengthened their response capabilities since the 2017 Hurricanes that devastated the region. Long-lasting partnerships to mitigate the infrastructural impacts of hurricanes have formed since 2017. The resilience the islands have shown since Hurricane Maria is incredible and we look to further support the islands to continue the region’s response efforts.
If you are a resident of any of the locations in Dorian’s path, you should always take steps to protect your and your family’s health.
Here are 5 ways to prepare your health for Tropical Storm Dorian:
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