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A couple board up the door of their beachfront house as Tropical Storm Dorian approaches in Yabucoa, Puerto RicoImage copyrightReuters
Image caption A couple board up the door of their beachfront house as Tropical Storm Dorian approaches in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico

The eye of Dorian, a category one hurricane, has missed the main island of Puerto Rico.

The US territory’s smaller islands, Vieques and Culetra, have been battered by heavy rain and high winds.

Dorian is considerably less powerful than the hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico two years ago.

It is expected to gather strength in the coming days, and is on course to reach the US states of Florida or Georgia by the weekend.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) on Thursday said no watches or warnings were currently in effect for land areas as the storm moves into open water, but tropical storm force winds could begin in parts of Florida by Saturday evening.