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.
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.
NHC update: Hurricane Dorian is continuing to grow in strength, but the latest forecast puts the path further to the east pic.twitter.com/LnxHkQvGpn
— BNO News (@BNONews) August 31, 2019
— Hurricane Conference (@HurricaneCon) August 31, 2019
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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