(WJHL)- Hurricane Hunters found that Dorian has strengthened over the past several hours. The San Juan radar also shows that the eye has become better organized.
At 11 PM AST Wednesday, Dorian was located at 19.7 North, longitude and 66.0 West, latitude. This puts the storm about 90 miles north of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Dorian is moving towards the northwest near 13 mph. This general motion is expected to continue through Friday. Maximum sustained winds are now up to 85 mph. Given the current location, and the track , Dorian should move over the open waters of the Atlantic well east of the southeast and central Bahamas tomorrow and Friday.
A strong high pressure system is expected to build to the northeast of Dorian which will eventually help turn Dorian more towards the west. Dorian is expected to strengthen into a powerful hurricane into the weekend.
Hurricane force winds now extend outward from the center of the storm 15 miles and tropical-storm force winds extend outward up to 70 miles.
The minimum central pressure estimated from Hurricane Hunter observations is 986 mb or 29.12 inches.
Dorian will bring locally heavy amounts of rain to the central Bahamas where an average of two to four inches are forecast with some amounts as high as six inches. Parts of the northern Bahamas and Florida could see four to eight inches of rain with some isolated totals of ten inches at this time.
It is important to point out the the forecast track of Dorian over the next three to five days will certainly depend on the strength and location of the ridge of high pressure in the western Atlantic.
If you have travel plans to the coastal areas from North Carolina to Florida you will need to keep up to date with the latest advisories. We will keep you informed on the track of the storm on News Channel 11.