Hurricane Dorian Strengthens to a Category 4 Major Hurricane Ahead of Landfall in Florida

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According to the National Hurricane Center Hurricane Dorian has strengthened to a Category 4 hurricane. Hurricane Dorian is still tracking to make landfall as a Category 4 storm north of West Palm Beach. Brevard County has started mandatory evacuations for some residents in the coastal regions.

Here’s the latest update from the National Hurricane Center:

Key Messages:

1. Life-threatening storm surge and devastating hurricane-force winds are likely in portions of the northwestern Bahamas, where a hurricane warning is in effect. Residents should execute their hurricane plan and listen to advice given by local emergency officials.

2. Life-threatening storm surge and devastating hurricane-force winds are likely along portions of the Florida east coast by early next week, but since Dorian is forecast to slow down and turn northward near the coast, it is too soon to determine when or where the highest surge and winds will occur. Residents should have their hurricane plan in place, know if they are in a hurricane evacuation zone, and listen to advice given by local emergency officials.

3. A prolonged period of storm surge, high winds and rainfall is possible in portions of Florida into next week, including the possibility of hurricane-force winds over inland portions of the Florida peninsula.

4. Heavy rains, capable of life-threatening flash floods, are expected over portions of the Bahamas and coastal sections of the southeastern United States this weekend through much of next week.

You can read the latest statements from the Walt Disney World Resort and the Orlando International Airport here. You can also check for any further updates for Hurricane Dorian from the National Hurricane Center here, and read up on Walt Disney World’s hurricane policy here.

We’ll keep you updated on any news surrounding the storm as it approaches.

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