WATCH 11 A.M. UPDATE: Hurricane Dorian Building Power Over Warm Waters of Atlantic, Predicted to Hit East Coast of Florida as CAT 4
By Space Coast Daily // August 29, 2019
NHC: it is too soon to determine where the strongest winds will occur
SPACE COAST DAILY TV HURRICANE UPDATE: Space Daily’s Chris Bonanno discusses the latest advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center on Hurricane Dorian as of 11 a.m.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Hurricane Dorian is forecast to be a dangerous Category 4 hurricane as it approaches Florida late this weekend, according to the National Weather Service in Melbourne, Florida.
Hurricane Dorian is now moving into the warm open water of the Atlantic where it is forecast to grow into a major storm over Labor Day weekend before making landfall currently predicted somewhere on the east coast of Florida.
The storm is centered as of 11 a.m. AST/EDT about 370 miles east of the Southeast Bahamas.
Dorian is moving toward the northwest near 13 mph, and this general motion is expected to continue through Friday.
A west-northwestward motion is forecast to begin by Friday night and continue into the weekend.
On this track, Dorian should move over the Atlantic well east of the southeastern and central Bahamas today and on Friday, approach the northwestern Bahamas Saturday, and move near or over portions of the northwest Bahamas on Sunday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 85 mph with higher gusts. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles (30 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles.
Strengthening is forecast during the next few days, and Dorian is expected to become a major hurricane on Friday, and remain an extremely dangerous hurricane through the weekend.
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.
“All indications are that by this Labor Day weekend, a powerful hurricane will be near or over the Florida peninsula,” the National Hurricane Center said.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 19-189, declaring a state of emergency for counties in the path of Hurricane Dorian.
“It’s important for Floridians on the East Coast to monitor this storm closely. Every Florida resident should have seven days of supplies, including food, water and medicine, and should have a plan in case of disaster. I will continue to monitor Hurricane Dorian closely with emergency management officials. The state stands ready to support all counties along the coast as they prepare.”
BREVARD COUNTY WEATHER FORECAST
Thursday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. North northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northeast in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Thursday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 77. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
Friday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 88. East wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Friday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 77. East wind around 10 mph.
Saturday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 88. East wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Saturday Night: Tropical storm conditions possible. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 77. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Sunday: Hurricane conditions possible. Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 87. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Sunday Night: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a low around 76. Windy, with an east northeast wind 20 to 25 mph becoming west northwest 30 to 35 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph.
Labor Day: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 87. Windy, with a south southwest wind 25 to 30 mph becoming south southeast 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Monday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 76. South southeast wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Tuesday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 89. South wind around 10 mph.
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