San Juan (AP) - In the face of approaching tropical storm "Dorian", the US government has declared a state of emergency over its outskirts Puerto Rico. This gives the island access to federal assistance and funding in the event that the storm causes significant damage. According to forecasts by the US climate agency NOAA, "Dorian" could hit the Caribbean island today or sail just short of it and other islands of the Greater Antilles northwest to Florida. Popular with cruise tourists, the island is often exposed to storms during the hurricane season.