Hurricane Dorian upgraded again, now an ‘extreme’ threat to Florida

Just as many had feared, Hurricane Dorian has siphoned energy from the warm waters of the South Atlantic, and is now barreling toward Florida with increased strength.

The storm narrowly missed making a major landfall in the Caribbean – something that would have stymied the hurricane by denying it the ideal growth conditions of the open ocean.  Now, just hours after it was announced that Dorian had reached Category 3, forecasters are now proclaiming that the storm as again been upgraded.

Hurricane Dorian has strengthened to an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds near 130 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) announced Friday night.

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The NHC statement said the storm’s change in intensity was detected by hurricane hunter aircraft, The news raised fears that Dorian could become the most powerful hurricane to hit Florida’s east coast in nearly 30 years.

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As of 8:30 p.m. ET, Dorian was about 400 miles east of the northwestern Bahamas and 575 miles east of West Palm Beach. It was moving west-northwest at 10 mph.

Earlier forecasts showed a bit of uncertainty regarding where the now-massive hurricane could make landfall, but as of late Friday meteorologists had narrowed that speculation down quite a bit.

Floridians in the path of the storm are being told by local and state authorities to prepare for the worst, and to have on hand at least seven days wroth of food, water, and medical supplies.



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