The National Hurricane Center has released its 11 pm update on Hurricane Dorian and the news has not gotten better. Hurricane hunter aircraft have reported back and found that Dorian has intensified to a Category 2 storm as it nears Florida.
It is anticipated that the hurricane will make landfall with Florida as a massive Category 4 storm. The European and British forecast models are aiming Dorian toward South Florida, while the American forecast model has Dorian tracking across Central Florida. More accurate models will develop as we get closer to Monday, the anticipated day of landfall.
Here’s the most recent update from the National Hurricane Center:
1. The risk of life-threatening storm surge and hurricane-force
winds this weekend continues to increase in the northwestern
Bahamas, and hurricane watches could be issued on Friday. Residents
should have their hurricane plan in place and listen to advice given
by local emergency officials.
2. There is an increasing likelihood of life-threatening storm surge
along portions of the Florida east coast late this weekend or early
next week, although it is too soon to determine where the highest
storm surge 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. The risk of devastating hurricane-force winds along the Florida
east coast and peninsula late this weekend and early next week
continues to increase, although it is too soon to determine where
the strongest winds will occur.
4. Regardless of the exact track of Dorian, heavy rains are expected
to occur over portions of the Bahamas, Florida, and elsewhere in the
southeastern United States this weekend and into the middle of next
Please visit Hurricanes.gov for more information about Hurricane Dorian.