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Updated: Dorian becomes a cat 4 hurricane

Last updated by Devontae Jackson

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Late this evening the National Hurricane Center upgraded Dorian to a category 4 hurricane. Max sustained winds in the hurricane is now 140 mph as measured by the reconnaissance aircraft flying in the storm. The storm is located about 400 miles east of the northwestern Bahamas and about 575 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida according to the NHC.

234529_5day_cone_no_line_and_wind Courtesy of NWS/NWS/NOAA
234529_5day_cone_no_line_and_wind Courtesy of NWS/NWS/NOAA

The NHC is forecasting Dorian to continue to be a major hurricane. Dorian is expected to make landfall as a cat 4 in on the east coast of Florida, but. There are still some uncertainty exactly where on the east coast of Florida Dorian will make landfall. Tonight, the NHC is monitoring the many paths this hurricane could take. That’s why the forecast cone gets so big over Florida. Dorian could also bring life threatening flooding to parts of Florida. Storms surge will be a problem as well. This evening mandatory evacuations are now being issued for parts of Florida.

Note: the forecast cone drawn by the NHC (National Hurricane Center) is representative of where the eye of the storm could go. That means even those outside the forecast cone could feel impacts from Dorian.

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