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Wed Update #3: Dorian Approaching South Carolina Coast

Storm Surge Forecast

Hurricane Dorian is approaching the South Carolina coast on Wednesday evening, and life-threatening storm surge is a grave concern.  The entire coast of the state is under an evacuation order.

At 8 pm, Dorian was located near 30.9 North, 79.8 West, about 130 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina.  Maximum sustained winds were 110 miles per hour.  Dorian was moving north-northwest at 8 miles per hour.

Dorian’s structural changes in last day or so include enlarging the eye, and the eye wall of this hurricane could pass very near or over the South Carolina coast tonight into Thursday.  A turn to the north and eventually northeast will bring Dorian near or over the North Carolina coast Thursday night into Friday.  Dangerous storm surge flooding is expected northward from the Carolinas into Virginia.

By Donna Thomas, SouthFloridaReporter.com, certified Meteorologist, Seot. 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.