Hurricane Dorian continued to intensify through the night of Thursday, August 29, as it moves northwest through the Atlantic Ocean. As of 23:00 (local time) on Thursday, Dorian is a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 165 kph (105 mph). According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), the storm is forecast to make landfall in Florida state between Monday, September 2, and Tuesday, September 3. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency across the state earlier on Thursday. A state of emergency has also been declared in 12 counties across Georgia state. Major airlines are also reportedly allowing some passengers to re-book flights head of Dorian’s arrival. Flight disruptions, including delays, diversions, and cancelations, are possible in the coming days.
As of 23:00 on Thursday, Dorian is located approximately 23.3°N 68.4°W (map here) and is tracking northwest at 19 kph (12 mph). According to the NHC, the hurricane is expected to continue to strengthen in the coming days and may make landfall as a Category 3 storm. Dorian is forecast to produce rainfall totals of 12-25 cm (5-10 in) across the southeastern US, with isolated totals of 38 cm (15 in), that may cause life-threatening flash floods.
Transportation and business disruptions, as well as power outages, are to be expected in areas forecast to be affected by Dorian over the coming days.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate adverse weather and power and transportation disruptions, and remember that running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and never drive through flooded streets; floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products.
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