Hurricane Dorian is now a Cat4

Hurricane Dorian is now a Cat4

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Hurricane Dorian is a Category 4 hurricane. Winds are 140 mph with gusts to 165 mph. Dorian remains a relatively small yet powerful hurricane. Hurricane force winds extend out 30 miles from the center, while tropical storm winds extend out 105 miles from the center.

You can watch the 11 p.m update with Chief Meteorologist Dave Turley below:

11 p.m. Advisory for Hurricane Dorian

*There remains a lot of uncertainty in the extended portion of the forecast*.

High pressure builds north of Dorian this weekend, causing a westward bend in Dorian’s track towards Florida, but after landfall, the steering currents that would push Dorian away from initial landfall may become weak, meaning Dorian lingers.

A landfall between south Florida and the Georgia coasts is still possible. Exact location of landfall is still ‘up in the air’; however, the official track is favoring a Florida landfall between Cape Canaveral and Miami. Please be aware there is still room for this to shift east and north.

What sort of impacts will the Coastal Empire, Lowcountry see?

With the latest advisory and shifting of the track to the east, we are preparing for more impacts. High tides and storm surge; heavy rainfall: anywhere from 4-12 inches; if we remain on the right side of the storm, it means a high risk of tornadoes; and some hurricane force winds especially south of the Altamaha and along the coast.

What should you do right now?

Check the forecast at least twice a day; once in the morning and another time in the evening. Review your hurricane supply list and general safety plan. Power outages are possible later this week. Make sure that you and your home are ready to be without power, just in case. This advice would be given for any storm in the Atlantic that has the potential to impact our region.

You can catch updates on TV, at wtoc.com and in the WTOC Weather App.

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