Hurricane Dorian has gained strength and is expected to become a major hurricane today as it continues to move over open Atlantic waters.


The 5am update from the National Hurricane Center shows that Dorian has gained strength and is currently a category two hurricane packing maximum sustained winds of 105mph with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast over the next few days and Dorian is expected to become a major hurricane today.  Dorian is expected to remain an extremely dangerous hurricane while it moves near the northwestern Bahamas and approaches the Florida Peninsula through the weekend. The hurricane force wind field has expanded since yesterday when they were extending only 15 miles from the center. At this point the hurricane force winds extend 25 miles from the center of the storm and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 105 miles from the center of the system.

The center of Hurricane Dorian was located near latitude 23.8 north, longitude 69.1 West. Dorian is moving toward the northwest near 12mph and this general motion is expected to continue through the day. On this track, Dorian will pass well east of the southeastern and central Bahamas today, approach the northwestern Bahamas Saturday, and move near or over portions of the northwestern Bahamas on Sunday.

The current NHC forecast track has Dorian making landfall in Central Florida Labor Day Monday as an extremely dangerous, major category 4 hurricane and continuing to move inland over the peninsula into midweek weakening to a category 1 hurricane. 

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