PHOTOS: Puerto Rico braces for Hurricane Dorian

This GOES-16 satellite image taken Aug. 28, 209, at 17:20 UTC and provided by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows Dorian, a Category 1 hurricane, crossing over the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. Forecasters say it could grow to Category 3 status as it nears the U.S. mainland as early as the weekend. (Photo: NOAA via AP)

Dorian became a Category 1 hurricane on Wednesday as it struck the U.S. Virgin Islands, with forecasters saying it could grow to Category 3 status as it nears the U.S. mainland as early as the weekend.

The British Virgin Islands and the Puerto Rican islands of Vieques and Culebra were also in Dorian's path with landslides, widespread flooding and power outages possible in the U.S. territory, which faced its first major test of emergency preparedness since the 2017 devastation of Hurricane Maria. (AP)

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A worn-out surf sail hangs from a pole standing on the beach at a private harbor where several boats are being moved away for protection ahead of the arrival of Tropical Storm Dorian in Boqueron, Puerto Rico, Aug. 27, 2019. (Photo: Ramon Espinosa/AP)
Citizens stock up on gasoline a few hours before the passing of tropical storm Dorian, in Canovanas, Puerto Rico, Aug. 28, 2019. (Photo: Carlos Giusti/AP)
A person is seen along the beach as Tropical Storm Dorian passes the island on Aug. 28, 2019 in Luquillo, Puerto Rico. The Tropical Storm is expected to hit along the southeast coast as a possible category 2 hurricane. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
People drink beer on a patio before the arrival of Tropical Storm Dorian in Boqueron, Puerto Rico, Aug. 27, 2019. (Photo: Ramon Espinosa/AP)
A worker of the Social State Plan prepares food rations in preparation for Storm Dorian in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Aug. 27, 2019. (Photo: Ricardo Rojas/Reuters)
A man arrives to a private harbor to move boats away for protection ahead of the arrival of Tropical Storm Dorian in Boqueron, Puerto Rico, Aug. 27, 2019. (Photo: Ramon Espinosa/AP)
Eduardo Torres, from Puerto Rico, walks with his daughter in the ocean before the arrival of Tropical Storm Dorian in Combate, Puerto Rico, Aug. 27, 2019. (Photo: Ramon Espinosa/AP)
Workers of the Emergency Operation Centre (COE) monitor Tropical Storm Dorian in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on Aug. 27, 2019. (Photo: Erika Santelices/AFP/Getty Images)
People arrive to a private harbor to move boats away for protection ahead of the arrival of Tropical Storm Dorian in Boqueron, Puerto Rico, Aug. 27, 2019. (Photo: Ramon Espinosa/AP)
A house boat is seen secured to a mangrove as Tropical Storm Dorian approaches Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico on Aug. 27, 2019. (Photo: Ricardo Arduengo/Reuters)
Men board up a shop's windows ahead of the arrival of Tropical Storm Dorian in Boqueron, Puerto Rico, Aug. 27, 2019. (Photo: Ramon Espinosa/AP)
People arrive to a private harbor to move boats away for protection ahead of the arrival of Tropical Storm Dorian in Boqueron, Puerto Rico, Aug. 27, 2019. (Photo: Ramon Espinosa/AP)
Men prep a local for the arrival of Tropical Storm Dorian in Boqueron, Puerto Rico, Aug. 27, 2019. (Photo: Ramon Espinosa/AP)
People arrive to a private harbor to move boats away for protection ahead of the arrival of Tropical Storm Dorian in Boqueron, Puerto Rico, Aug. 27, 2019. (Photo: Ramon Espinosa/AP)

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