Dorian Just Got an Upgrade

Now a Category 3 hurricane, it's expected to worsen before it hits Florida Monday or Tuesday
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2019 1:44 PM CDT
Dorian Just Got an Upgrade
This GOES-16 satellite image taken Friday, Aug. 30, at 1:20pm Eastern and provided by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows Hurricane Dorian, right, moving over open waters in the Atlantic Ocean.   (NOAA via AP)

Dorian is now a Category 3 hurricane, but the forecast still calls for it to intensify into a potentially catastrophic Category 4 by the time it hits Florida late Monday or early Tuesday. The National Hurricane Center says the storm is on track to make landfall in South Florida, around Palm Beach County, before moving inland and north over Orlando, per the AP. But that could change, meaning all of Florida is bracing for it, as are Georgia and the Carolinas. Details:

  • The wind: It's possible Dorian could land with winds somewhere between 130 and 140mph. Even well-built homes could lose roofs and exterior walls, reports USA Today. And, of course, trees and power poles won't fare well. The hurricane center warns that resulting power outages could last weeks, possibly months.
  • The darkness: Landfall may come at night. "One of the worst things you can have is a dark landfall," says meteorologist Chad Myers of CNN. "You hear things moving, you don't know where they came from. You don't how big that thing was that just crashed."
  • The rain: Dorian is moving relatively slowly, which means it could dump prodigious amounts of rain on land.
(More Hurricane Dorian stories.)

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