As of the 11 p.m. update, Hurricane Dorian has been upgraded to a category 4 storm with sustained wind speeds of 140 mph with gusts as high at 165 mph. The storm is moving west northwest at 10 mph.
This is an extremely dangerous hurricane that poses a significant threat to Florida and the Bahamas.
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the Northwestern Bahamas excluding Andros Island. A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Andros Island.
A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. A warning is typically issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm- force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.
A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.
As we head into the holiday weekend, the risk for life-threatening storm surge and hurricane-force winds increases for the Bahamas. The threat will move west along the Florida coast by late weekend and early next week.
Models continue to trend eastward tonight staying slightly offshore hugging the coast as it moves north.
The European model shows the storm slowing down significantly and hugging the Florida coast north without actually making landfall.
The GFS, American model, has Dorian coming close to landfall somewhere along central Florida Tuesday morning/afternoon before hugging the coast and moving north.
Regardless of the track, Dorian will produce heavy rainfall, damaging winds and life-threatening storm surge to portions of the Bahamas and Florida coast before heading north.
The StormTracker Team will continue to track Dorian and provide you with the latest updates. The next update will come out at 5 a.m.