Dorian picks up forward speed

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11 P.M. Update: Dorian continues to push away from the coast, but eventually looks to land on another coast late Saturday, this one in Nova Scotia. Doesn’t appear to want to get back to Cat 2 status as previously forecast which makes a bit more sense. The cooler waters and the forward speed may not be the best ingredients for rejuvenation.

Track of Dorian from August 24th until September 6th.

8: P.M. Update: Little change in the forecast, only the current position is now pulling away from the Delmarva Peninsula and over the open waters of the Atlantic. Still expected to re-energize and return to Cat 2 strength as Dorian heads toward Nova Scotia.

5 P.M. Update: Dorian is pushing away from the coast at a good clip, nearly 25 mph, but is expected to gain strength overnight as he crosses over the warm waters of the Gulf Stream. High surf from Dorian along with storm surge up the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays will still cause problems for the next 24 – 36 hours. Expected to gain Cat 2 strength once again. This is a persistent event that now has it’s sights set on Nova Scotia this weekend.

2 P.M. Update: Dorian has increased in forward speed to over 20 mph. The mid-latitudes winds are helpful in pushing the hurricane away from shore and accelerating the movement. Some rain bands are still impacting the coasts of NC VA, MD, DE and NJ but with less intensity as Dorian pulls away from the coast.

1 P.M. Update: Dorian is still classified as a Cat 1 hurricane with sustained winds at 90 mph and gusts near 115. Good news is that the cyclone is moving quickly away from the coast at nearly 20 mph, unfortunately the rain bands are still impacting the coasts of North Carolina, Virginia , Maryland, Delaware and South Jersey.

12 P.M. Update: Dorian is starting to move away from the North Carolina coastline. However, its strength has stayed pretty consistent. The storm is expected to slowly weaken as it heads further into the Atlantic Ocean. The weakening will be due to high shear and dry air entering Dorian.

11 A.M. Update: While Dorian is still a Category 1 hurricane, it is slowly moving away from the coast.

It is currently moving northeast towards the Atlantic Ocean and should trek away from the North Carolina coast later Friday. Heavy rain is still likely in Virginia’s tidewater region. However, rain chances will start to dwindle along the coast during the evening and overnight hours.

10 A.M. Update: Little has changed from the 9 a.m. update. Dorian is still a Category 1 storms that is heading northeast at 14 mph.

9 A.M. Update: The National Hurricane Center confirmed Dorian made landfall in Cape Hatteras at 8:35 a.m. It was a Category 1 hurricane, and its strength persists as it travels northeastward.

8 A.M. Update: The Outer Banks are being battered by Dorian this morning. The storm’s eye is in near Cape Hatteras in North Carolina, and is still producing winds up to 90 mph and gusts up to 115 mph.

Even though the strength of Dorian has decreased, this is still a dangerous situation. It’s not only the winds — heavy rainfall leading to flash flooding, storm surge, and the possibility for severe weather such as tornadoes will be causing issues. Heavy rainfall is impacting the Virginia coast even though Dorian’s eye is near Cape Hatteras. The storm will continue to move through the region before moving out into the Atlantic Saturday.

6 A.M. Update: Dorian is still a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph and gusts up to 115 mph.

5 A.M. Update: Dorian’s eye has passed just east of Cape Lookout in North Carolina. Wind gusts have decreased to 115 mph. The hurricane will continue to move toward the northeast and out into the Atlantic. This is still a dangerous storm and should be taken seriously despite the Category 1 status. Hurricane force winds extend 60 miles from the storm’s center. Hurricane Warnings and Tropical Storm Warnings are still in place for portions of North Carolina and Virginia.

4 A.M. Update: Little has changed since the 2 A.M. update in concern to Dorian’s hurricane status. Maximum sustained winds are at 90 mph and gusts are up to 120 mph. The storm is moving slightly slower, now moving at 14 mph to the northeast.

2 A.M. Update: Dorian continues to stay at Category 1 status. A Category 1 hurricane has maximum sustained winds between 74 – 95 mph, with Dorian currently producing 90 mph winds. As the storm continues northeast, it will be moving faster. Right now, Dorian is moving at 15 mph, which is faster than what we saw previously. This is still a storm to look out for though. Hurricane force winds extend 60 miles from the storm’s center. Hurricane Warnings and Tropical Storm Warnings are still in place for portions of North Carolina and Virginia.

1 A.M. Update: Dorian has been downgraded to a Category one, this is the first time since Thursday August 29th that the wind speeds of Dorian have been below 100 mph. The forward speed is picking up as well which is good news for the North Carolina Coast. Still a very dangerous storm and still able to pack quite a punch, Dorian is forecast to exit the Outer Banks later today and race out to the open waters of the Atlantic before the sun sets.

12 A.M. Update: Dorian continues his journey along the coast of North Carolina. The eye wall is very close to the coast and the winds and rain are pounding the beaches. Heavy rain is falling west of the coastal areas and run-off from rivers will flow toward the coast over the weekend adding to the flooding issues. Dorian should exit the Outer Banks early in the day Friday, but there is still a long night ahead for all the folks in the Mid Atlantic region.

Frying Pan Tower is 34 miles off the coast of North Carolina.

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