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Hurricane Dorian’s path: What you need to know

The fourth named storm of the hurricane season, Dorian, was maintaining Category 4 strength on Saturday as forecasters warned there had been a notable change to the forecast and its path that means it could make landfall in Florida, Georgia or the Carolinas at some point next week.

Currently, the National Hurricane Center has hurricane watches in effect for parts of the northwestern Bahamas. Its winds increased Saturday, nearing a Category 5 classification, where winds are sustained over 156 mph.

Dorian’s arrival comes after Tropical Storm Chantal formed earlier this month over the far Northern Atlantic. Subtropical storm Andrea formed on May 21 and quickly fizzled a day later over the Atlantic, southwest of Bermuda. Hurricane Barry, the second storm, made landfall in Louisiana on July 13 as a Category 1 storm.

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Where is Hurricane Dorian now?

The NHC said in an 8 p.m. ET update Saturday that Dorian is a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 150 mph and it is moving west at 8 mph, located about 335 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida, and about 155 miles east of the northwestern Bahamas.

The storm is expected to continue traveling northwest through the weekend.

Where is Hurricane Dorian going?

The storm is expected to continue traveling west Saturday and Sunday, according to the NHC, which also stressed that the storm’s possible path is uncertain and can change, but what is certain is that it will be a dangerous weather event.

“On this track, the core of Dorian should be near or over portions of the northwestern Bahamas on Sunday, and move closer to the Florida east coast late Monday through Tuesday,” the NHC said Saturday at 8 p.m ET.

Hurricane Dorian, a Category 3 storm, is forecasted to become a major hurricane Friday. (NOAA)

During the holiday weekend, all eyes will be on the storm as it travels over the “very warm water” of the Bahamas, and then makes a turn toward the East Coast, according to Fox News meteorologist Adam Klotz.

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“Dorian is forecast to move over a deep layer of very warm waters, which is like high octane-fuel for hurricanes,” National Hurricane Center specialist Lixion Avila told the Post and Courier.

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Category 4 storms bring sustained winds between 130 and 156 mph and the possibility of “catastrophic” damage, according to the NHC.

What impact will Hurricane Dorian have?

Dorian currently has hurricane-force winds that extend outward up to 30 miles from the center of the storm, while tropical-storm-force-winds extend outward up to 105 miles, according to the NHC.

As of Saturday morning, Dorian is expected to bring a life-threatening storm surge that could raise water levels up to 15 feet above normal tides in the northwestern Bahamas, the NHC said.

In the northwestern Bahamas, 10 to 15 inches of rain is expected this weekend into next week, with 25 inches in isolated areas. Coastal sections of the southeast U.S. could get 4 to 8 inches with up to 12 inches in certain spots, and the rainfall might cause life-threatening flash floods, the hurricane center said.

“Residents should have their hurricane plan in place and listen to advice given by local emergency officials,” the NHC said.

Swells will begin affecting the east-facing shores of the Bahamas, the Florida east coast and the southeastern United States coast during the next few days.

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“This rainfall may cause life-threatening flash floods,” the NHC said.

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High surf will also be affecting the area.

“These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions,” the NHC said.

SOURCE : https://www.foxnews.com/us/hurricane-dorian-forecast-track

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