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NATURAL DISASTERS/PUERTO RICO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Hurricane Dorian hasn’t yet made landfall in Puerto Rico, but President Donald Trump is already picking at old wounds, reviving attacks on the island territory and its leaders as the storm bears down. The president has been battering Puerto Rico all week, raining down falsehoods from his Twitter feed and reviving old feuds while authorizing his administration to mobilize as officials attempt to prevent a repeat of its much-criticized response to back-to-back storms that ravaged the island territory two years ago. The National Hurricane Center on Wednesday [8-28-19] upgraded Dorian from a tropical storm to a hurricane as it crossed through the U.S. Virgin Islands with wind gusts of up to 90 miles per hour. The storm is only expected to intensify, potentially growing into a Category 3 storm by the time it approaches the Florida coast this weekend. Some models show it could follow the same path as the devastating Hurricanes Maria and Irma that battered Puerto Rico in September 2017.”

– Caitlin Oprysko, “Hurricane Trump meets Hurricane Dorian in Puerto Rico,” Politico, August 28, 2019 5:20 pm

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