“Extremely dangerous” Dorian becomes a Category 4 hurricane

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Hurricane Dorian strengthened into a Category 4 hurricane Friday night, maintaining its projected path toward the state moving WNW at 10 mph. The storm is expected to continue gaining strength as it heads toward Florida. Some of Southwest Florida is now out of Dorian’s forecast cone.

As of 11 p.m. Friday, Hurricane Dorian is a MAJOR hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour. The center is currently roughly 545 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida. The current location is at 25.5°N 71.4°W and has a minimum pressure of 948 mb.

The National Weather Service says, “Extremely dangerous Hurricane Dorian poses a significant threat to Florida and the Northwestern Bahamas.”

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A Hurricane Watch is in effect for the Northwestern Bahamas, which means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area, in this case, 48 hours.

Governor Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Florida, so counties can prepare for potential impacts.

The WINK News Weather Authority team is working hard to monitor and forecast this storm as it approaches the east coast.

Please keep in mind that this forecast *WILL* change.

Hurricane Dorian projected path. Friday 11 p.m. (WINK News)

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Writer:Lincoln Saunders
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