HOLT, Fla., Aug. 29, 2019–The National Hurricane Center has adjusted Hurricane Dorian’s expected strength upward with its latest update.
The 11 a.m. EDT update is now forecasting maximum sustained wind speeds of 130 mph making Dorian a weak category 4 storm.
Dorian is packing 85 mph winds for now, but strengthening is expected.
Environmental conditions consisting of warm waters and low vertical wind shear along the path of the hurricane should allow for at least steady intensification during the next two-to-three days, according to the NHC.
With the small inner core and favorable conditions, rapid strengthening also remains a possibility, according to the hurricane center.
The updated NHC intensity forecast calls for Dorian to become a major hurricane sometime tomorrow.
Dorian is forecast to continue moving northwestward during the next 24-36 hours.
It’s still too soon to specify where along the Florida east coast the greatest impacts could occur, or if there’s a chance of an impact along the Gulf coast, according to the NHC.