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Wed. UPDATE #2: Dorian Becomes Stronger

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strongerHurricane Dorian is a bit stronger late Wednesday afternoon as it moves through the Virgin Islands and into the Atlantic.  At 5 pm Wednesday, Dorian was located near 18.8 North, 65.5 West, about 45 miles northwest of St. Thomas.  Maximum sustained winds were 80 miles per hour, and Dorian was moving northwest at 14 miles per hour.

Dorian is forecast to stay east of the southeastern Bahamas before turning west-northwest or westward on Saturday.  The 5 pm advisory indicates landfall on Sunday, and the 4-to-5-cone (as expected) remains very large — from the Upper Keys to the southern portion of the Georgia coast.

We’ll likely know more on Thursday.  Don’t be dismayed if Dorian goes through rapid intensification on Thursday or Friday as it moves through very warm water.  The National Hurricane Center forecast continues to forecast a category 3 hurricane at landfall.

This afternoon Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued a “State of Emergency.” “Today, I am declaring a state of emergency to ensure Florida is fully prepared for Hurricane Dorian,” said Governor DeSantis. “It’s important for Floridians on the East Coast to monitor this storm closely.

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“Because of the uncertainty in the track of this storm, every resident along the East Coast needs to be ready,” said Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz. “As updates come out, it’s important that Floridians continue to pay attention to media and local officials as the track of this storm has been changing and can continue to change rapidly. By having an Executive Order in place and by activating the State Emergency Operations Center to a Level 2, we are fully prepared to support any community that might be impacted.”

For us, it’s all about watching Dorian and doing those things that we’d need to do if we have to deal with a storm.  Pay attention to the latest information on Dorian and be ready to take further action if that becomes necessary.

[vc_message message_box_style=”solid-icon” message_box_color=”blue”]By Donna Thomas, SouthFloridaReporter.com, certified Meteorologist, Aug. 28, 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.