Hurricane Dorian Videos Show Strength of the Growing Storm as It Approaches the United States

Puerto Rico dodged a direct hit from Hurricane Dorian on Wednesday as the category 1 storm skirted north of the island and continued moving west-northwest toward the Bahamas and Florida's east coast.

Hurricane Dorian, which has sustained winds of 80 mph as of 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday, appeared to be on target to slam Puerto Rico head on, but it shifted north at the last hour and dumped rain over both the U.S and British holdings of the Virgin Islands.

Parts of Puerto Rico got a little rain and minimum winds, which was good news for the island still trying to recover from the powerful Hurricane Maria that devastated it almost two years ago.

Dorian now is projected to become a category 2 storm by Thursday, and perhaps a category 3 before its projected landfall in Florida.

Hurricane Dorian
A person is seen along the beach as Tropical Storm Dorian passes the island on August 28, 2019 in Luquillo, Puerto Rico. The Tropical Storm is expected to hit along the southeast coast as a possible category 2 hurricane. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

As the storm brews in the Atlantic and moves eastward, those in its path have recorded video of the storm's power and strength. The videos range from being filmed on the mainland of some islands to one that's reportedly at sea and on the northern eyewall of the hurricane.

Here are some of the videos of Hurricane Dorian as it churned on Wednesday.

This tweet from El Horizonte, a news source in Mexico, shows small boats maneuvering through choppy seas created by Dorian's winds of more than 75 mph. The video was taken by Shaun Kadison on her boat near St. Thomas.

#EnTiempoReal | El huracán #Dorian categoría 1, recupera potencia y se aproxima a #PuertoRico vía: @ExtremeStorms

— El Horizonte (@ElHorizontemx) August 28, 2019

ABC News posted this shot of the storm as it passes over the U.S. Virgin Islands on Wednesday.

Powerful wind and rain battered St. John as Dorian passed over the U.S. Virgin Islands, having now strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane with winds up to 80 mph.


— ABC News (@ABC) August 28, 2019

Meteorologist Mike Seidel of The Weather Channel posted this video of Dorian sending 97 mph winds over Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas.

WOW! #Dorian is hammering the #USVI & #BVI with wind gusts clocked to 97 MPH at 231' at Estate Bovoni.
📹 lion.lioness in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas. We've got the latest on the @weatherchannel#HurricaneDorian#weatherchannel

— Mike Seidel (@mikeseidel) August 28, 2019

This Twitter user posted video footage of Dorian's damage as the eye is just south of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She said there were "horizontal sheets of rain" slamming the island.

Hurricane #Dorian from St John. Eye south of island. Horizontal sheets of rain. @accuweather @abcnews @noaa at St Johns Inn

— Karla Hammer Knotts (@karlahk) August 28, 2019

This video shows ominous clouds in the background dumping massive amounts of rain as it nears St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

St Thomas US Virgin Islands #dorian #USVI #WUTV #USVIWX @AMHQ

— 🌪 Hecto☈ Cint☈on 🌪 (@hcintron) August 28, 2019

A gas station was twisted apart by the outer bands of Dorian, which had not even made its full presence on this island when this video clip was taken.

#Dorian hasn’t even properly hit and look at the gas station CGB

— 👑 KulchaReal™️ (@Khaptured) August 28, 2019

This is the latest satellite video of Dorian, which is now slowly making its way to the Bahamas and then perhaps Florida by Saturday night or Sunday morning.

Hurricane #Dorian Satellite Loop (Visible Hi Res) #GOES16

— Wind Map App 🌀 (@WindMapApp) August 28, 2019

The National Hurricane Center will provide its next update at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday.