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FLORIDA, USA — As of 8:00 p.m., Hurricane Dorian is now a category 4 with maximum sustained winds of now 130 mph. Dorian is a dangerous storm located 575 miles East of West Palm Beach, Florida out in the Atlantic. This is the first category 3 hurricane of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season. A new track update will be released at 10:00 pm and the increase in intensity will be reflected in the updated forecast path of Dorian.
Hurricane Warnings and Watches are in place for the Bahamas, but too soon to issue watches for Florida because Dorian is moving slow to the west-northwest.
Here’s the difference in tropical warnings and watches:
Impacts include high wind gusts, heavy rain, flash flooding, and dangerous storm surge.
The Air Force Reserve 53d Weather Reconnaissance Squadron (Hurricane Hunters) and NOAA Corps have been flying the storm, gathering data to perfect the model forecast for days and they are expected to continue flying the storm up until landfall.
The storm is forecast to dump a high amount of rain across Florida and into other parts of the southeast over the next week. If you have friends or family living in Florida, give them a call to make sure they understand the forecast and what the storm’s impacts may be.
The storm isn’t expected to cause any impacts to Texas, but we will continue to keep you updated in case things change.
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