Tropical Storm Dorian expected to become hurricane

Tropical Storm Dorian is tracking farther north of Sebastian.
Tropical Storm Dorian is tracking farther north of Sebastian.

The National Hurricane Center said Wednesday that Tropical Storm Dorian is expected to become a category 2 hurricane before making landfall north of Sebastian later this weekend.

“Nearly all of the intensity models show Dorian becoming a hurricane in about 2 days, with additional strengthening beyond that time,” the NHC said in a statement.

Dorian’s track has moved farther north of Sebastian since Tuesday, and some models predict the storm continuing a northern direction near the border of Florida and Georgia.

Dorian is expected to produce maximum sustained winds of 100 mph as a category 2 while making landfall in northern Florida.

Hurricane watches are in effect for Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Hurricane Dorian Spaghetti Models
Hurricane Dorian Spaghetti Models

Tropical Storm Dorian is located about 60 miles of St. Croix with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. Dorian is moving to the northwest at 13 mph.

Gov. Ron DeSantis said all Florida residents on the east coast should prepare for impacts from Dorian. He encouraged everyone to have supplies ready and to follow the storm updates.

We will keep you updated.

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Andy Hodges grew up in Jupiter, Florida where he began his career in radio and TV broadcasting for over 12 years. He would make a career change to computer programming. Andy spent seven years working for tech companies in Atlanta before moving to Indian River County in 2002. He returned to the news sector in 2005 as a writer. Andy joined Sebastian Daily in 2016 as our editor in chief.