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Puerto Ricans brace for Dorian, a royal Brexit twist and SNL shakes up its cast: The Morning Rundown

"We’re scared. We know what may be coming," San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz said about the approaching storm.
Image: A man boards up the windows of a beach house in the tourist zone of El Combate as Tropical Storm Dorian approaches in Cabo Rojo
A man boards up the windows of a beach house in Puerto Rico on Tuesday in preparation for Tropical Storm Dorian. Ricardo Arduengo / Reuters

Good morning, NBC News readers.

Still-recovering Puerto Ricans are on edge ahead of what may be another devastating storm, a royal twist in the Brexit saga and Saturday Night Live gets a cast shake-up.

Here's what we're watching today.

Tropical Storm Dorian strengthens, takes aim at Puerto Rico

Residents of the still-recovering Caribbean island are bracing for Dorian, which is expected to hit by Wednesday afternoon.

Puerto Rico is under a hurricane watch, as well as a tropical storm warning, and has declared a state of emergency.

"We’re scared. We know what may be coming," said San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz.

Meanwhile the Trump administration is pulling $271 million in funding from FEMA disaster relief to pay for immigration detention space and temporary hearing locations for asylum-seekers on the southern border.

U.K. leader asks queen to suspend Parliament, prompting fury from Brexit opponents

The British government was accused of bringing the country to the brink of a constitutional crisis Wednesday as Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked the queen to temporarily suspend Parliament.

Opponents see the move as an extraordinary attempt to make it harder for lawmakers who want to thwart the prime minister's plans for Brexit, as the deadline for Britain to leave the European Union looms on Oct. 31.

Image: Britain's new Prime Minister Boris Johnson turns to enter no 10 after giving a speech outside 10 Downing Street in London
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson claimed his request to suspend Parliament was the best way to pursue his "bold and ambitious domestic legislative agenda." Ben Stansall / AFP - Getty Images file

Purdue Pharma offers $10-12 billion to settle opioid claims

The maker of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma, and its owners, the Sackler family, are offering to settle more than 2,000 lawsuits against the company for $10 billion to $12 billion.

The lawsuits brought by states, cities and counties allege that the company and the Sackler family are responsible for starting and sustaining the opioid crisis.

Purdue Pharma, which makes the opioid painkiller OxyContin, and the Sackler family have denied the allegations laid out in the lawsuits.

According to the proposed plan, the drug company would declare Chapter 11 bankruptcy in order to pay out the billions.

'A drop in the bucket': $20 million to help Brazil put out the Amazon fires won't go far

An offer from the world's richest nations to help Brazil stamp out the Amazon fires with $20 million in aid is a goodwill gesture, but it will barely make a dent in preventing further destruction of the rainforest's vast and intricate ecosystem, observers who have studied the region say.

"Twenty million dollars is a drop in the bucket," said Robert T. Walker, a University of Florida professor who has conducted environmental research in the Amazon for 25 years.

"It's absurd to imagine logistically what effect it can have."

Image: A burnt area of forest in Altamira, Para state, Brazil,
A burnt area of forest in Altamira, Para state, Brazil, on Tuesday. Joao Laet / AFP - Getty Images

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Quote of the day

"This move represents a constitutional outrage."

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's move to suspend Parliament.

One fun thing

Hasbro released a new version of the game “Monopoly” that parodies socialism. The game went viral on Twitter and quickly sold out on Amazon.

NBC News’ Dasha Burns unboxes the new riff on the old classic.

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