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Wed Update #2: Dorian Has Gotten Bigger, Stronger

  Hurricane Dorian is east of the Georgia coast late Wednesday afternoon, and it’s gained a bit of its strength back.

At 5 pm, Dorian was located near 30.6 North, 79.8 West, about 150 south of Charleston, South Carolina and 275 miles south-southwest of Wilmington, North Carolina.  Maximum sustained winds were 110 miles per hour.  Dorian was moving north-northwest at 8 miles per hour.  A turn to the north is expected Wednesday night, followed by a gradual turn to the northeast.

Watches and warnings extend from the Volusia/Brevard county line in Florida to Fenwick Island, Delaware.  Dorian is expected to bring 4 to 8 feet of storm surge along the Carolina coast, along with 6 to 12 inches of rain — which can lead to life-threatening flooding, even well in advance of the hurricane’s closest approach to the coast.  At least tropical storm conditions with hurricane strength gusts are also expected, and landfall is possible either in South or North Carolina on Thursday.

By Donna Thomas, SouthFloridaReporter.com, certified Meteorologist, Sept. 4, 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.