Published On: Fri, Aug 30th, 2019

Hurricane Dorian update: Florida forecaster warns storm eye will be BRUTAL at landfall | World | News

Hurricane Dorian has been steadily making its way toward Florida, sparking concern the superstorm could make landfall as a Category 4 hurricane on southeast Florida as early as Sunday. With wind speeds increasing, Florida weather forecaster Tom Terry warned locals Dorian is growing “stronger,” as he said to expect heavy rain as the storm closes in. In his latest update, Mr Terry said: “Dorian still getting organised, still getting stronger and still closing in on southeast Florida.

“We think the landfall will be perhaps later on Monday, maybe even early Tuesday.

“Wind speeds have gone up – not good news from Sunday night through Monday night.”

The Florida forecaster continued: “The landfall point will be down across southeast Florida somewhere.

“We’re going to get a lot of wind, a lot of rain starting late Monday until at least Tuesday, maybe Wednesday next week.”

The growing threat of Dorian making landfall in Florida had Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency across all 67 counties of the southern US state.

Making the announcement, Gov DeSantis said: “Due to Hurricane Dorian’s uncertain projected path, I am expanding the state of emergency to include all 67 counties throughout Florida.

“All residents, especially those along the east coast, need to be prepared for possible impacts.

“As it increases strength, this storm has the potential to severely damage homes, businesses and buildings, which is why all Floridians should remain vigilant. Do not wait until it is too late to make a plan.”

Hurricane Dorian is expected to be on Florida’s doorstep on Monday morning, and heading is very gradually turning toward the left, with the latest estimate northwestward.

The high is expected to expand westward, with a blocking ridge becoming established over the western Atlantic during the next several days.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s latest bulletin said: “The high is expected to expand westward, with a blocking ridge becoming established over the western Atlantic during the next several days.

“With the exception of COAMPS-TC and HMON, the other reliable models are in excellent agreement through day 3, with Dorian turning westward south of the ridge and moving near or over the northernmost islands in the Bahamas Sunday and Monday.

“After day 3, steering currents collapse as a break develops in the ridge, and Dorian will likely slow down considerably as it approaches the Florida peninsula.

Although NOAA adds it’s too early to determine exactly where Dorian will make landfall, the spaghetti models continues show a more narrow tracking cone.

Regardless of the exact track of Dorian, heavy rains are expected to occur over portions of the Bahamas, Florida, and elsewhere in the southeastern US this weekend and into the middle of next week.

Currently, Hurricane Dorian is located 295 miles (470km) east-northeast of the southeastern Bahamas and 580 miles (930km) east of the northwestern Bahamas.

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