A Hurricane Warning is in effect as of 14:00 (local time) on Wednesday, September 4, from South Carolina state to the North Carolina/Virginia border as Hurricane Dorian tracks northward. A Storm Surge Warning remains in effect from north of Port Canaveral (Florida state) to the North Carolina/Virginia border. The Hurricane Warning in northeastern Florida state has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm Warning as Dorian bypasses the Florida state coast. Orlando International Airport (MCO) in Florida state, which had been closed since the morning of Tuesday, September 3, resumed normal flight operations as of 12:00 on Wednesday.
As of 14:00 on Wednesday, the center of Hurricane Dorian is located at approximately 30.2°N 79.8°W (map here) and is tracking north-northwest at 15 kph (9 mph). The storm has maximum sustained winds of 165 kph (105 mph). The storm is expected to move north, parallel to the eastern coasts of Florida and Georgia states, and is then expected to move near the coasts of the states of South and North Carolina, possibly making landfall, on Thursday, September 5, through Friday, September 6. Hurricane conditions are expected in the Carolinas by Wednesday evening. Storm surge may cause water to rise to as high as 2.4 m (8 ft) above ground level in some coastal areas of North and South Carolina and are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions along the eastern coasts of the states of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Rainfall of up to 38 cm (15 in) is forecast in the coastal Carolinas, possibly leading to flash flooding.
Life-threatening flash flooding, damaging winds, and high storm surge are likely throughout the abovementioned states. Associated power outages and disruptions to transportation and business services are to be expected in areas forecast to be affected by the storm over the coming hours and days.
Individuals in areas forecast to be affected by Hurricane Dorian are advised to monitor local weather reports, confirm flight reservations, 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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