Savannah, GA (WSAV) — Hurricane Dorian is stronger tonight. Now a major hurricane, Dorian is back up to category 3 strength.
As of 11 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Dorian is a category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph.
As of Wednesday night, the Category 3 storm is moving north at about 7 mph. Dorian is currently about 100 miles east of Savannah, GA., and the center of storm is about 105 miles south of Charleston.
Dorian will shift very near the Georgia and South Carolina coasts tonight and tomorrow, shifting near or over North Carolina’s coast late Thursday.
A Hurricane Warning has been issued for Beaufort and Jasper Counties. This means hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or greater) are expected.
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Chatham, Bryan, Liberty & McIntosh Counties. A watch means that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74mph or higher) are possible.
A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Hampton, Chatham, Effingham, Bryan, Liberty, Long, Wayne, McIntosh, Bulloch, Candler, Evans, Jenkins, Screven & Tattnall Counties. This means tropical storm force conditions are expected. Tropical storm winds are anywhere from 39 to 73 mph.
For coastal Bryan, Chatham, Liberty and McIntosh counties, a high surf advisory remains in effect until 2 p.m. EDT Thursday.
There is a high risk for rip currents in these locations until Dorian passes the area.
A storm surge warning is in effect along the entire coastline. 3-5 feet of storm surge is possible. This could lead to life-threatening flooding, property damage, and beach erosion.
We will be closely watching to see when the highest storm surge moves in and if it lines up with high tide. High tide at Fort Pulaski is Thursday morning at 1:24 am. High tide at Beaufort on Thursday morning is at 2:19 am.