Florida coast experiences tropical storm conditions, tropics heating up
Dorian continues to move north just off Florida’s east coast as a Category 2 hurricane Wednesday, battering the coastline with dangerous wind and heavy rain.
WINK News Weather Authority reports Dorian will continue its movement north-northwest with an increased forward speed expected throughout Wednesday, keeping the core of the storm parallel with the east coast of the state.
As it moves northward, there is still the potential for Dorian’s center to reach dangerously close, if not making landfall, over the coasts of South Carolina and North Carolina later this week.
As of the 3 p.m. update from the National Hurricane Center, Dorian’s center of circulation is staying just off the east coast of Central Florida. Right now, the storm is located about 115 miles east of Jacksonville, Florida. It continues to move north-northwest at 9 miles per hour.
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
Storm Surge Warning is in effect for:
* North of Port Canaveral FL to the North Carolina/Virginia border
* Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds
* Neuse and Pamlico Rivers
Storm Surge Watch is in effect for:
* North Carolina/Virginia border to Poquoson VA, including Hampton
Hurricane Warning is in effect for:
* North of Savannah River to the North Carolina/Virginia border
* Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds
Hurricane Watch is in effect for:
* North of Ponte Vedra Beach FL to Savannah River
Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:
* Volusia/Brevard County FL line to Savannah River
Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:
* The North Carolina/Virginia border to Chincoteague VA
* Chesapeake Bay from Smith Point southward
OTHER TROPICAL NEWS
Tropical Storm Fernand formed in the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday and is expected to make landfall along the northern Mexico coast. Fernand has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, moving west at 8 mph and made landfall over Northeastern Mexico Wednesday.
Tropical Storm Gabriel formed in the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday and is expected to stay in the Atlantic without US landfall. The storm has 50 mph sustained winds and is moving NW at 9 mph.
There are two other areas of interest as we approach the peak of hurricane season.
A trough of low pressure located just east of Bermuda has a 50% chance of development over the next 2-5 days. A tropical depression is possible late this week and this area of showers and thunderstorms moves northeast away from Bermuda.
A tropical wave forecast to move off the African coast later today has a near 0% chance of development over the next 2 days and a 60% chance of development over the next 5 days. Atmospheric conditions will be conducive for a tropical depression to form late this week or over the weekend.