Hurricane Dorian: Category 4 Expected Before Landfall

Hurricane Dorian advisory.
Hurricane Dorian advisory.

Sebastian is still directly in the middle of Hurricane Dorian’s cone of uncertainty, and the National Hurricane Center said the storm will reach Category 4 status before landfall.

The updated cone shows a more northern direction than previously expected; however, we are not off the hook yet. The cone has widened over the Florida line and into Georgia. Also, the UK and Euro models are showing Dorian making landfall south of Sebastian.

Hurricane Dorian is located 370 miles off of the Southeastern Bahamas. Dorian has reached maximum sustained winds of 85 mph and is moving at 13 mph. The storm is moving northwestward and is expected to strengthen during the next couple of days.

As of Thursday, forecasters expect Dorian to make landfall Sunday in Florida. Landfall could be anywhere from Southern Georgia to Miami, Florida.

There are no hurricane watches or warnings at this time.

There is water in Sebastian as Publix and Walmart continue to resupply. There’s no need to panic or feel alarmed right now about Hurricane Dorian, just be prepared.

Hurricane Dorian Wind Probabilities
Hurricane Dorian Wind Probabilities

As we said last night, this storm will change its path again. The cone has widened more to the north, and if that continues, Sebastian might be spared.

Already, the UK and Euro models are showing Hurricane Dorian making possible landfall in West Palm Beach, which is south of the official forecast.

Euro and UK models show a southern landfall in Florida. NOTE: This is NOT official.
Euro and UK models show a southern landfall in Florida. NOTE: This is NOT official.

Make sure you have water, canned goods, prescription medication, and other necessities that will last seven days. Store patio furniture inside and pick up any debris from your yard. Make sure your vehicle has plenty of gas.

Also, it may not be a good idea to trim any trees as trash pickup may be delayed until after the hurricane.

The tracking of Hurricane Dorian will continue to wobble as it gets closer to Florida. The storm could head south, or north. We’ve seen Sebastian in this cone before on almost every hurricane that came close to the east coast.

We will update again at 2 pm. Stay calm, but be prepared!

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland. When he was age 9, his parents moved to Jupiter, Florida. Andy spent several years at various radio & television stations in Florida such as WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. In 1994, Andy made a career change to computer programming and worked for several technology companies (two are Fortune 500) in Atlanta, Georgia. However, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2002. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.