Hurricane Dorian could hit USA as Cat 3

Hurricane Dorian could hit USA as Cat 3

Here's the current status of Hurricane Dorian, as of 11 a.m. Thursday, and where forecasters are expecting the storm to move during the next few days.

Passengers due to fly into the path of Tropical Storm Dorian may be able to reschedule their flights for free.

As of 8 p.m. ET, the eye of Hurricane Dorian was located roughly 50 miles northeast of San Juan with hurricane-force winds extending 15 miles from the center of the storm, CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen said.

The National Hurricane Center is forecasting Dorian to become a Category 3 or greater "major" hurricane by Friday afternoon as it heads towards a potential landfall in Florida or elsewhere along the East Coast by Monday.

The National Hurricane Center said tropical storm-force winds could begin in parts of Florida as early as Saturday evening.

The forecast models are mostly consistent Thursday morning. But new forecast models project the storm could become a risky Category 4 hurricane before it reaches land.

The Hurricane Center said the southeast United States could see up to 10 inches of rain because of Dorian.

The comments came several hours after Trump appeared to signal a significant shift in his concern over the storm, which was previously projected to heavily impact the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.

Satellite imagery from early Friday showed the storm with winds of about 105 miles per hour as it passed north of Turks and Caicos.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp also declared a state of emergency in several counties before the storm makes landfall. The storm is forecast to pass east of the Bahamas and approach Florida's Atlantic Coast late Sunday or Monday.

"Due to Dorian's uncertain path, I am expanding the state of emergency to include all 67 counties throughout Florida", DeSantis said in a tweet. He urges people living on the Georgia coast or those who have any Labor Day beach vacation plans, either in Georgia or Florida, to keep a close watch on the weather forecast.

"We are grateful that it wasn't a stronger storm", he said.

NASA image from space and residents collecting supplies in Costco.

The storm is already classed as a Category 2 hurricane, and has seen wind speeds of up to 125 miles per hour knocking out power; crews were forced to clear downed trees and fix the electrical grid after Dorian passed through Barbados.

"But beyond that there are a lot of mixed signals because we don't have a good agreement on exactly how that high to the north is going to evolve". The Hurricane Center said the storm could grow into a risky Category 3 storm as it pushes northwest in the general direction of Florida.

It is expected to pick up steam as it pushes out into warm waters with favorable winds, the University of Miami's McNoldy said, adding: "Starting tomorrow, it really has no obstacles left in its way". Police said an 80-year-old man in the town of Bayamón died after he fell trying to climb to his roof to clear it of debris ahead of the storm.

Puerto Rico's former governor Ricardo Rossello was forced to resign last month in part because of criticism over his handling of the emergency created two years ago by Hurricane Maria.

"We are closely monitoring the weather".

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