5am Advisory: Dorian Continues to Lash the Coast of the Carolinas

From the National Hurricane Center 5am advisory: Hurricane Dorian is moving Northwestward at 8mph with maximum sustained winds at 115mph.

CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

  • The Storm Surge warning has been discontinued south of the Savannah River
  • The Hurricane Watch has been discontinued South of the Savannah River
  • The Tropical Storm Warning has been discontinued South of Altamaha Sound, GA

Life-threatening storm surge and dangerous winds are expected along portions the coasts of South Carolina and North Carolina, and portions of southeast Virginia and the southern Chesapeake Bay, regardless of the exact track of Dorian's center.Water levels could rise well in advance of the arrival of strong winds. Residents in these areas should follow advice given by local emergency officials.

Flash flooding will become increasingly likely across the eastern Carolinas today.There is a high risk of flash flooding over coastal sections of the Carolinas where life-threatening flash flooding is expected.

At 500 AM EDT (0900 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Dorian was located near latitude 31.7 North, longitude 79.5 West. Dorian is moving toward the north near 8 mph (13 km/h).A turn to the north-northeast is anticipated today, with a turn toward the northeast by tonight.A northeastward motion at a faster forward speed is forecast on Friday.On the forecast track, the center of Dorian will continue to move close to the coast of South Carolina through the day, and then move near or over the coast of North Carolina tonight and Friday.The center should move to the southeast of extreme southeastern New England Friday night and Saturday morning, and approach Nova Scotia later on Saturday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 115 mph (185 km/h) with higher gusts. Dorian is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson

Hurricane Wind Scale.Some fluctuations in intensity are expected this morning, followed by slow weakening through Saturday.

However, Dorian is expected to remain a hurricane for the next few days.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km) from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles (315 km).The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Charleston, South Carolina, recently reported a wind gust to 68 mph (109 km/h) at the Charleston International Airport.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 957 mb (28.26 inches).

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