(WJHL) – Hurricane Dorian continues to intensify in the warm waters of the Atlantic. Dorian is now a dangerous Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph. It is possible that the current intensification phase may not be over. The central pressure is 948 mb or 28.00 inches.
Dorian continues to move towards the west northwest at 10 miles per hour. The storm is located 545 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida and 375 miles east of the northwestern Bahamas.
The ridge of high pressure over the western Atlantic appears to be building as forecast models have called for. This ridge of high pressure is expected to build even more which will take Dorian on a more westerly path this weekend. This will take Dorian over the northwestern Bahamas.
Dorian is expected to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane as it moves through the northwest Bahamas and near the east coast of the Florida in 2 to 4 days. The ridge of high pressure may weaken as Dorian approaches the east coast of Florida.
Some forecast models suggest that there could be a weakening in the steering currents which could result in a decrease in the forward speed of the storm. The forecast models are also suggesting that a turn in the storm could occur near the east coast of Florida instead of well inland. It is still uncertain as to when and were that turn will occur.
It is also important to point out the Dorian has the potential of producing one to two feet of rain. If the center stays more over water, the heaviest rain will stay east of the storm; however, the more inland the storm moves, the greater the threat for heavy rainfall across Florida.
This is a very dangerous storm. All interest along the southeast coast need to be prepared for the potential impacts of the storm and sty up to date on the latest watches and warnings.