Hurricane Dorian - Update #2
Below is the current information from the Hurricane Center and some additional information from the NWS Charleston. While with this update we remain outside the cone we still have the possibility of impacts and flooding. Please continue to pay attention! My plan is to continue updates as long as there is a potential for us to receive direct or secondary impacts (flooding) from Dorian.
HAZARDS AND IMPACTS
COASTAL FLOODING: Moderate to Major coastal flooding is expected with the evening high tide. Some flooding of coastal roads is likely, especially around Downtown Charleston and on barrier islands. Water could also approach/enter some structures. Some flooding along highway 80 to Tybee Island is also possible. The risk for major flooding could persist into Sunday.
RAINFALL FLOODING: The potential for heavy rainfall and flooding of streets/roadways will be increasing early next week, especially if Dorian tracks closer to our area.
OTHER COASTAL HAZARDS: The potential for dangerous surf, rip currents, and beach erosion will be increasing, especially by later this weekend.
COASTAL FLOODING: Mainly around the evening high tides, with some risk for at least minor coastal flooding around the morning high tides, through the middle of next week.
RAINFALL FLOODING: Mainly by later this weekend and possibly persisting through middle of next week.
OTHER COASTAL HAZARDS: Mainly by later this weekend through the middle of next week.
At 500 AM, the center of Hurricane Dorian was located near latitude 20.5 North, longitude 66.6 West. Dorian is moving toward the northwest near 13 mph, and this general motion is expected to continue through Friday. A west-northwestward motion is forecast to begin Friday night and continue into the weekend. On this track, Dorian should move over the Atlantic well east of the southeastern and central Bahamas today and on Friday, and approach the northwestern Bahamas on Saturday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 85 mph with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast during the next few days, and Dorian is expected to become a major hurricane on Friday.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles.