Hurricane Dorian pushes toward Florida

"Puerto Rico is in great shape with Hurricane Dorian taking a largely different route than anticipated", Trump tweeted.

Dorian caused an islandwide blackout in St. Thomas and St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and scattered power outages in St. Croix, government spokesman Richard Motta said.

Ron DeSantis on Wednesday declared a state of emergency and urged all residents on the coast to get ready for the storm.

- A video shows the moment a boater heading out into the ocean during Hurricane Dorian was almost knocked into the rough water in St. Thomas.

The U.S. Coast Guard said all pleasure boats at the Port of Key West should seek safe harbour before the Labour Day weekend begins and ocean-going vessels should make plans to leave the port ahead of the storm.

Forecasters said Wednesday they expected Hurricane Dorian to be a unsafe storm when it moves into the western Atlantic toward the USA southeastern coast.

As of late Wednesday, Dorian was about 70 kilometers (43 miles) northwest of St. Thomas with top sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour (81 miles per hour). "Storm is building and will be BIG!"

"This will be a large storm approaching the Southeast", he said.

"We are closely monitoring the weather".

"This storm continues to gain strength quickly".

Dorian is still expected to bring heavy rains and high winds to Puerto Rico, where a hurricane watch remained in effect Wednesday and more than 300 emergency shelters were set up. On Tuesday, he made a similar declaration for Puerto Rico, and also renewed a feud with island officials over how disaster relief funds from previous hurricanes.