Dorian stronger, now a category 2 hurricane

WSAV Hurricane Central

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Hurricane Dorian is stronger tonight, now a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph.

Hurricane Dorian is now about 295 miles east/northeast of the southeastern Bahamas. It’s moving to the northwest at 12 mph.

Now that the storm is moving into a more favorable environment for development, it could quickly strengthen into a major hurricane on Friday.

The official forecast track shows Dorian as a Category 4 hurricane moving through the northern Bahamas on Sunday, then continuing toward the Florida Coast by Monday with winds of 140 mph.

With the ultimate track still a bit uncertain, it is difficult to determine what impacts, if any, will be felt in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry.

We are watching multiple areas of high pressure that are blocking Dorian from moving out to sea. This high pressure block will slide east early next week. This will determine the timing of landfall. Then that will ultimately determine if it then tracks into the Gulf or turns north.

A Sunday/Monday landfall would mean the steering winds would have more time to dominate and push it into the Gulf of Mexico. A later landfall on Monday with the blocking high sliding east would mean Dorian could start to move north Tuesday/Wednesday. This would bring impacts to the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry by the middle of next week.

Significant impacts are not yet off the table. As of now, we are not expecting a direct landfall along GA/SC coast. But have your supplies and plans in place and avoid waiting for absolute certainty in the forecast. 

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