As Puerto Ricans clean up, weather forecasters are urging residents of Florida and coastal Georgia to keep an eye on Hurricane Irene.
The Nation Hurricane Center's forecast now says the storm could rake across our area over the weekend as a category 2 hurricane.
In Puerto Rico, which the storm hit overnight, Gov. Luis Fortuno says the storm has closed more than a dozen roads, knocked down many trees and caused at least two landslides. More than 800,000 households have been without power. That's about half the island. The governor told reporters Monday that the storm caused no deaths or major injuries.
Schools and many businesses in the U.S. island territory are closed as crews assessed the damage.
The center's 5 a.m. forecast says that Irene has become organized despite hitting Puerto Rico. It is now about 90 miles northwest of San Juan (latitude 19.0 north, longitude 67.2 west) headed toward the southern Bahamas at about 14 mph. Maximum sustained winds are 80 mph.
If the storm stays on forecaster's current projections it will be near the Florida, Georgia line early Saturday morning.