The fourth named storm of the hurricane season, Dorian, was strengthening in the warm waters of the Atlantic on Friday as forecasters warn it’s likely Florida will be impacted by a major storm over Labor Day weekend.
Currently, the National Hurricane Center has hurricane watches in effect for parts of the northwestern and central Bahamas.
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 8:30 p.m. ET update Friday that Dorian is a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 130 mph and it is moving west-northwest at 10 mph, located about 575 miles east of West Palm Beach.
The storm is expected to continue traveling northwest over the next few days through the weekend.
Where is Hurricane Dorian going?
The storm is expected to continue traveling to the northwest on Friday, when a west-northwest motion is forecast to begin and continue into the weekend, according to the NHC.
“A slower west-northwestward to westward motion should begin tonight and continue into early next week. On this track, the core of Dorian should move over the Atlantic well north of the southeastern and central Bahamas tonight and tomorrow, be near or over the northwestern Bahamas on Sunday, and be near the Florida east coast late Monday,” the NHC said Friday night.
Hurricane Dorian, a Category 3 storm, is forecasted to become a major hurricane Friday. (NOAA)
As the holiday weekend approaches, all eyes will be on the storm as it travels over the “very warm water” of the Bahamas, and then makes a turn toward Florida, according to Fox News meteorologist Adam Klotz.
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“No matter where this ultimately goes, it does look like it’s going to land along the Florida coast but it’s running over warm water and it’s going to continue to intensify,” Klotz said Thursday on “Fox & Friends.” “So somewhere from Miami, stretching all the way up to Jacksonville, we’re going to keep watching this one as it gets closer and closer over the course of this holiday weekend.”
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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 has hurricane-force winds extending outward up to 30 miles from the center of the storm, while tropical-storm-force-winds extend up to 115 miles outward, according to the NHC.
As of Thursday morning, officials said the risk of “life-threatening” storm surge and hurricane-force winds later this week and this weekend “continues to increase” in the central and northwestern Bahamas and along the Florida east coast, however, it is too soon to determine where those hazards will occur.
“Residents should have their hurricane plan in place and listen to advice given by local emergency officials,” the NHC said.
Tropical-storm-force winds from Dorian could begin in parts of Florida as early as Sunday morning as the storm nears.
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“Now is the time to begin thinking about what kinds of preparations you might need to make over the next couple of days,” forecasters said.
The storm is expected to bring heavy rains over portions to the Bahamas this weekend into early next week. The central Bahamas may see between two and four inches of rain with isolated six-inch amounts, and the northwestern Bahamas could see 10 to 15 inches. As the storm nears the Florida coast, those areas could see between six to 12 inches of rain, with isolated 18-inch amounts.
“This rainfall may cause life-threatening flash floods,” the NHC said.
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High surf will also be affecting the area.
“Swells are likely to begin affecting the east-facing shores of the Bahamas and the southeastern United States coast during the next few days,” the NHC said. “These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.”
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