Miami, Fl. (Florida News Network)-At 1100 PM EDT, the eye of Hurricane Dorian was located near latitude 31.3 North, longitude 79.6 West. Dorian is about 105 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina, and about 225 miles south-southwest of Wilmington, North Carolina.
Dorian is moving toward the north near 7 mph (11 km/h). A turn to the north-northeast is anticipated on Thursday, with a turn toward the northeast on Thursday night. A northeastward motion at a faster forward speed is forecast on Friday. On the forecast track, the center of Dorian will continue to approach the coast of South Carolina tonight, move near or over the coast of South Carolina on Thursday, and then move near or over the coast of North Carolina Thursday night and Friday.
Maximum sustained winds are now near 115 mph with higher gusts. Dorian is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson
Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are expected during the next 12 hours, followed by slow weakening Thursday through Friday.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles.
The minimum central pressure reported by an Air Force plane was 955 mb (28.20 inches).
All watches and warnings for the east coast of Florida south of the Mouth of St. Mary's River have been discontinued.
Life-threatening storm surge with significant coastal flooding is expected along a large portion of the southeast and mid-Atlantic coasts of the United States during the next couple of days.
A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for the Mouth of St. Mary's River to Poquoson VA.
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for North of Savannah River to the North Carolina/Virginia border.
Graphic Credit:National Hurricane Center