As Tropical Storm Dorian rips through the Caribbean, the storm appears on track to hit Florida in the next few days.

Wednesday morning tracking for the storm had the heart of it now past the Lesser Antilles and continuing on its way northwest towards Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico, along with the neighboring Dominican Republic, has been in a state of emergency since Tuesday. Earlier forecasts were unsure about how Dorian could affect Florida and the Gulf Coast but most recent tracking has the storm on pace to hit the Florida coast by Labor Day.

Dorian has strengthened as it has moved through the Caribbean. As of Wednesday morning, Dorian was still a tropical storm but the National Hurricane Center expects it become a Category 1 hurricane sometime in the next few days. By the time it reaches Florida, the NHS believes it could reach Category 2.

“This is trending in the wrong direction,” Meteorologist Adam Klotz said on Wednesday’s edition of “Fox & Friends.” “It's strengthening, maybe spending more time over warm water, which will allow it to continue to pick up those wind speeds, pick up all that extra moisture. It's looking like a tough system.”

As the storm encroaches, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vazquez Garced took to Twitter to urge residents to prepare thoroughly for the encroaching storm.

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This photo of hurricane Irma between Cuba and the Turks and Caicos islands shows the magnitude of the storm. NASA