Warm and humid air will continue to push into the region today as high pressure continues to move in. We’ll have plenty of sunshine throughout the day and it will be noticeably humid with dew points hanging out in the mid and upper 60s. High temps will peak in the mid and upper 80s in most locations today with feels like temps (or heat index values) in the low 90s. Even with Dorian expected to make a close pass to the coast, much of the week will be quiet in our region as we watch the approach of Hurricane Dorian which remains at a virtual standstill over Grand Bahama Island this morning.
Speaking of Dorian, Hurricane Dorian is a major category 3 storm that has been nearly stationary near Grand Bahama Island for the last 24 to 36 hours.
Hurricane Dorian has weakened but remains a major category 3 hurricane. It is stationary just north of Grand Bahama Island and continues to thrash the island.
The 5am update from the National Hurricane Center shows that Dorian has remained weakened slightly into a category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds falling to 120mph with higher gusts. Dorian is expected to remain a powerful major hurricane over the next couple days as it begins to creep toward the west and west-northwest before making a turn to the north and northeast by midweek. The hurricane force wind field now extends up to 45 miles from the center with tropical storm force winds extending out 160 miles from the summit. Catastrophic hurricane conditions continue on Grand Bahama Island.
The center of Hurricane Dorian was located near latitude 26.9 north, longitude 78.4 West. Dorian is stationary just north of Grand Bahama Island. A slow north-northwestward motion is expected to begin this morning. A turn to the north is forecast by Wednesday evening, followed by a turn to the north-northeast Thursday morning. On this track, the core of extremely dangerous Hurricane Dorian will continue to pound Grand Bahama Island today. Dorian will move dangerously close to the east coast of Florida late today through Wednesday evening, very near the Georgia and South Carolina coasts Wednesday night and Thursday, and near of over the North Carolina coast late Thursday.
The current NHC forecast track has Dorian making a very close pass up the East Coast for much of the upcoming week. Anyone with interests along the coast or plans to head to the beach for vacation needs to be paying very close attention to the NHC forecast track as extremely dangerous surf, rip currents, and storm surge will be occurring throughout the week.
It’s still that time of year that I need to remind folks to please, NEVER leave your kids or pets in the car. The interior of your car will heat up extremely quickly and reach dangerous, if not deadly, levels in a very short period of time. If you want to take the dog for a car ride than make it a dedicated ride for them, don’t stop for groceries or to pick something up. It only takes a few minutes for the temperature in your vehicle to reach those dangerous levels. If you have a small child be sure you double check the back seat when you get out.
Meteorologist Jason Caterina
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