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Wed. UPDATE #1: Dorian Becomes a Hurricane

Dorian is now a hurricane as it moves over St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands.  At 2 pm Wednesday, Hurricane Dorian was located near 18.3 North, 65.0 West, and was moving northwest at 13 miles per hour.  Maximum sustained winds were 75 miles per hour, and an eye wall is forming.

A hurricane watch and tropical storm warning remain in effect for Puerto Rico.  While it appears that the core of Dorian may stay offshore, Puerto Rico will get flooding rain, and mudslides are a serious threat, especially after damage to forests in Hurricane Maria 2 years ago.  The island’s electric grid and other elements of its infrastructure are vulnerable to damage from any strong tropical system.

Dorian’s future course is more uncertain than we’d like to see, especially 4 to 5 days out.  The National Hurricane Center’s forecast calls for a category 3 hurricane very near the Florida coast early on Labor Day.  While portions of Miami-Dade were out of the 4-to-5-day cone earlier on Wednesday, the 11 am advisory — based on this uncertainty — has the entire coastline from the tip of Miami-Dade to the Georgia/South Carolina border in the cone.  This is likely to be adjusted again, possibly multiple times, so stay in touch with the latest advisories and any official information from now until Dorian is long gone.

The bottom line for us is to take sensible precautions now, including getting those missing items for your hurricane kit, making sure you have cash on hand, and getting gas for your vehicles.  Anything you do now will save you time and lower your stress level if we do have to take further action — and you’ll be ready for whatever else happens this hurricane season.

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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.