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Thurs Update #2: Dorian Closes in on Cape Fear As Cat 2 Storm

Cape Fear

Hurricane Dorian is closing in on Cape Fear, part of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, on Thursday evening.

At 8 pm, Dorian was located near 33.4 North, 78.0 West, about 30 miles south of Cape Fear and 60 miles south of Wilmington, North Carolina.  Maximum sustained winds were 100 miles per hour.  Dorian was moving northeast at 10 miles per hour but is expected to move more quickly starting on Friday.

Cape Fear and possibly other sections of the North Carolina coast will be within Dorian’s radius of hurricane force winds, if not within the eye wall itself.  Threats to the North Carolina and southern Virginia coast tonight and Friday include hurricane force winds, life-threatening storm surge of up to 7 feet, 6 to 12 inches of rain, and isolated tornadoes.  Dorian is expected to remain offshore of Maryland, Delaware, Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard, but winds of at least tropical storm force are expected on Friday into Saturday at those locations.

By Donna Thomas, SouthFloridaReporter.com, certified Meteorologist, Sept. 5, 2019

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.