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Fri UPDATE #3: Dorian Turns To The West Northwest

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  Powerful Hurricane Dorian appears to have made a turn to the west-northwest on Friday afternoon.  Hurricane warnings are up for the northwestern Bahamas, including Bimini, the Abacos, Grand Bahama Island, Eleuthera, Berry Islands, and New Providence.  Andros Island is under a hurricane watch on Friday afternoon.

GeoColor - True Color daytime, multispectral IR at nightAt 5 pm, Dorian was located near 25.0 North, 70.7 West, about 420 miles east of the northwest Bahamas.  Maximum sustained winds were 115 miles per hour.  Dorian was moving west-northwest at 9 miles per hour.
Dorian’s track remains quite uncertain 4 to 5 days out, but the latest model runs indicate that a turn to the north could occur near the Florida east coast, rather than well inland on the peninsula.  The National Hurricane Center’s forecast track has been adjusted slightly, and we’ll watch very closely to see if this is a trend.
Here in South Florida, we need to focus on getting all hurricane preparations done on Saturday, including putting up shutters.  No watches or warnings have been issued for South Florida yet, but expect to see them this weekend.  At that time, evacuation orders will be issued if necessary.
The bottom line — all of South Florida can expect the arrival of tropical storm force winds on Sunday, and we’ll be dealing with the effects of Dorian through Tuesday.
Stay informed and be safe.

 

[vc_message message_box_style=”solid-icon” message_box_color=”blue”]By Donna Thomas, SouthFloridaReporter.com, certified Meteorologist, Aug. 30, 2019[/vc_message]
Donna Thomas has studied hurricanes for two decades. She holds a PhD in history when her experience with Hurricane Andrew ultimately led her to earn a degree in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Donna spent 15 years at WFOR-TV (CBS4 in Miami-Fort Lauderdale), where she worked as a weather producer with hurricane experts Bryan Norcross and David Bernard. She also produced hurricane specials and weather-related features and news coverage, as well as serving as pool TV producer at the National Hurricane Center during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Donna also served as a researcher on NOAA's Atlantic Hurricane Database Reanalysis Project. Donna specializes in Florida's hurricane history.