Hurricane Dorian now a category 2 hurricane, forecast to become a major hurricane as it approaches Florida East Coast

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MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – We continue to track Dorian. It is moving north of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Dorian will continue northwest over the next 48 hours in the southwestern Atlantic. Dorian is heading to a more favorable environment for development with warm ocean water, low wind shear, and moist air, which is why the National Hurricane Center is now forecasting it to make landfall as a potential category 4 hurricane somewhere along the east coast of Florida or Georgia early next week. Category 4 is wind speeds above 130 mph. However, after Saturday the forecast track and intensity becomes very uncertain. Dorian will likely see continual strengthening, but the uncertainty lies in when it will take more of a turn to the west. It’s still unclear where the dominant steering winds will set up. Anyone along the east coast in Florida needs to start putting their plan together if preparations haven’t already begun to be ready in case Dorian heads their way. As for us, it’s still way too early to know if it will move across Florida and move into the Gulf. Models today are trending a northward turn, avoiding the Gulf; however, we are looking for more model consistency run to run before we are more certain of this. There is a chance it could move into the Gulf, but there’s also a chance that it does not. We need to watch this closely. It’s nothing to be worried about right now, however, continue to follow closely. If this does become a threat, we will let you know as soon as it does.

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