National Hurricane Center now forecasts Hurricane Dorian to become a powerful Category 4 hurricane

Hurricane Dorian Powerful Category 4 Hurricane Forecasted

Hurricane Dorian is forecast to intensify into a Category 4 hurricane and pose a major danger to the southeastern U.S., especially Florida, over Labor Day weekend. Dorian’s center is about 220 miles north-northwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico, with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph.

Hurricane Dorian

 

No hurricane watches or warnings in effect at this time, but they will likely be issued for parts of the Bahamas and Florida in the next day or two.

Below is the latest on Dorian’s timing and what we know about potential forecast impacts right now.

Dorian’s Forecast Timing

Through Friday: Dorian’s center is expected to track to the east and north of the Turks and Caicos and the southeastern Bahamas.

Saturday: Dorian will bend toward the west-northwest and potentially begin to impact the northwest Bahamas, particularly by late in the day.

Sunday-Monday: Dorian will begin to approach and impact the Southeast U.S., most likely Florida. Exactly when and how sharp its leftward bend occurs will be critical in determining the exact location and timing of Dorian’s strike on the east coast of Florida or elsewhere in the southeastern U.S., including Georgia and the Carolinas.

Still a lot of uncertainty in tracks, exact timing and landfall…

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