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Tues Update #2: Dorian Pulls Away From Bahamas At 5 MPH

   Hurricane Dorian is pulling away from the Bahamas as it skirts the Florida coast on Tuesday afternoon.  Dorian has weakened to category 2 status, but it is still a powerful hurricane.

At 2 pm, Dorian was located near 27.5 North, 78.7 West, about 105 miles east of Fort Pierce.  Maximum sustained winds were 110 miles per hour.  Dorian was moving northwest at 5 miles per hour, and it’s beginning to be affected by the trough that will pick it up and accelerate it toward the coast of the Carolinas.

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In South Florida, a tropical storm warning remains in effect from north of Deerfield Beach to Jupiter Inlet.  The tropical storm watch for Lake Okeechobee has been discontinued.  There are no other watches or warnings in our area.

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An aerial photo shows the aftermath of the Hurricane Dorian damage over an unspecified location in the Bahamas, in this September 2, 2019 photo. Courtesy Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater/U.S. Coast Guard/Handout via REUTERS

The hurricane warning for Grand Bahama Island and the Abaco Islands has been replaced with a tropical storm warning.  We are still awaiting official assessments of what is likely to be devastating damage.

Concern now shifts to coastal regions from Fort Pierce northward to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

We’ll have another update after the National Hurricane Center issues its 5 pm advisory.

[vc_message message_box_style=”outline”message_box_color=”blue”]By Donna Thomas, SouthFloridaReporter.com, certified Meteorologist, Sept. 3, 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.