Hurricane Dorian lashing Central Florida’s east coast as Cat 2

The WINK News Weather Authority continues to track Hurricane Dorian, as it continues its movement up along Florida’s east coast as a Category 2 hurricane Tuesday night.

National Hurricane Center reports Dorian will continue its movement with an increased forward speed expected Wednesday, keeping the core of the storm parallel with the east coast of the state. Then, a significant northeast motion is forecast for Dorian, taking it north near or potentially over the coasts of South Carolina and North Carolina Thursday and Friday.

NHC stresses life-threatening storm surge and dangerous winds are expected along portions of Florida’s east coast and the coasts of Georgia and the Carolinas.

Dorian continues lashing the east coast of Central Florida, and there are no changes to current storm watches and warnings issued in the state. The storm is expected to hold the strength it maintains now, slowly weakening over the next couple of days.

Tropical Storm warnings remain for parts of the northern Bahamas.

As of the 11 p.m. update from the NHC, Dorian’s center of circulation is staying just off the east coast of Central Florida. Right now, the storm is located about 95 miles east of Cape Canaveral, Florida, at a location of 28.4°N 79.0°W. It continues its northwestern turn and is moving at 6 mph.

LOCATING FAMILY: If you need help locating people in the Bahamas contact the Bahamas Consulate General’s Office at 305-373-6295.

MORE: Bahamas Consulate General Miami Facebook Page

Tropical Storm Fernand formed in the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday, but it’s currently no threat to the U.S. with a forecast cone toward northern Mexico. Fernand has a max wind speed of 50 mph moving west at 3 mph and is expected to reach Mexico’s coast late Wednesday.

Tropical Depression Eight is west of the Cabo Verde Islands off the coast of Africa and is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm Wednesday. The depression has max minds of 35 mph, moving northwest at 8 mph. It’s not currently impacting any land.

Hurricane Juliette is a Category 3 with max winds of 120  mph, moving away from Clarion Island off the coast of Mexico in the Pacific Ocean. It’s about 485 miles south of the southern tip of Baha, California. The hurricane is not currently affecting any land, as it moves west-northwest at 7 mph.

WATCHING FROM SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

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WATCHES AND WARNINGS

 Storm Surge Warning is in effect for:
* Jupiter Inlet FL to Surf City NC

Storm Surge Watch is in effect for:
* North of Surf City NC to Duck NC
* Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds
* Neuse and Pamlico Rivers

Hurricane Warning is in effect for:
* Sebastian Inlet FL to Ponte Vedra Beach FL
* North of Savannah River to Surf City NC

Hurricane Watch is in effect for:
* North of Ponte Vedra Beach FL to Savannah River
* North of Surf City NC to the North Carolina/Virginia border
* Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds

Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:
* Grand Bahama and the Abacos Islands in the northwestern Bahamas
* North of Ponte Vedra Beach FL to Savannah River
* Jupiter Inlet FL to Sebastian Inlet FL

Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:
* The North Carolina/Virginia border to Chincoteague VA
* Chesapeake Bay from Smith Point southward

* Extended northward from Duck, North Carolina to Poquoson, Virgina, including Hampton Roads.

A Tropical Storm Watch for Lake Okeechobee has been discontinued.

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