Hurricane Dorian Moves Through Puerto Rico, Could Strengthen To Category 3 Hurricane By Saturday

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SPACE COAST DAILY TV HURRICANE UPDATE: The National Hurricane Center has declared Dorian a hurricane near the US Virgin Islands. Space Coast Daily’s Chris Bonanno discusses the latest NHC report.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – National Hurricane Center is continuing to closely monitor Hurricane Dorian as it begins to move off Puerto Rico and head into the Atlantic, southeast of the Bahamas.

National Hurricane Center is projecting Hurricane Dorian will become a powerful hurricane as it moves into more favorable conditions for a hurricane.

Dorian is moving toward the northwest near 13 mph and carrying 80 mph max sustained winds, according to the 8 p.m. report by NHC. Based on this track, Dorian should move over the Atlantic well east of the southeastern and central Bahamas on Thursday and Friday.

The Hurricane Warning for Vieques, Culebra, and the U.S. Virgin Islands has been discontinued. At this time, there are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

The latest report from NHC comes after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued an Executive Order on Wednesday, declaring a state of emergency for counties in the path of Hurricane Dorian.

Gov. DeSantis is urging all Floridians on the East Coast to prepare for impacts, as the latest forecasts from the National Hurricane Center project Hurricane Dorian will make landfall on Florida’s East Coast as a major hurricane.

Also on Wednesday, the Captain of the Port (COTP) set port condition Whiskey for the Ports of Fort Piece, Miami, Everglades and Palm Beach due to the expectation of sustained tropical-storm-force winds of at least 39 mph generated by Tropical Storm Dorian that may arrive within 72 hours.

One of the most impressive features of Hurricane Dorian is the rainfall accumulations.

Coastal sections along Florida’s East Coast could see anywhere from 4 to 8 inches if current projections hold true, with some areas in Florida seeing as much as 10 inches in rainfall.

This rainfall may cause life-threatening flash floods, according to NHC.

The hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles (30 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km).

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National Hurricane Center is continuing to closely monitor Hurricane Dorian as it begins to move off Puerto Rico and head into the Atlantic, southeast of the Bahamas.

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