Tropical Storm Jeanne strengthens as it aims at Puerto Rico, forecasters say could become hurricane
Tropical Storm Jeanne strengthened to near hurricane force as Puerto Ricans frantically bolted the doors of their homes, prepared to evacuate from lowlying areas and rushed to supermarkets to buy supplies.
The storm's eye was expected to hit Puerto Rico's southwest coast by Wednesday afternoon, prompting a hurricane warning in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico where lines formed at supermarkets and islanders raced to put up hurricane shutters.
"It's going to be a close call for Puerto Rico," said Chris Hennon, a meteorologist with the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami. "Jeanne will probably become a hurricane Wednesday."
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