Dorian strengthening, expected to become ‘dangerous hurricane’

Tracking the Tropics

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – As we head into Labor Day weekend, all eyes are on Hurricane Dorian. The system is now expected to become a “dangerous hurricane” in the western Atlantic Ocean.

Dorian strengthened from a tropical storm to a Category 1 hurricane on Wednesday afternoon. It has since strengthened and, as of 11 p.m., has maximum sustained winds of 85 mph.

“This system is showing little hints that it’s trying to develop an eye,” Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Ian Oliver said. “Once it does so, that’s when we can see Hurricane Dorian continue to strengthen.”

The latest cone shows intensification Friday afternoon with Hurricane Dorian reaching 105 mph winds.

“From there, that’s where we start to see a major hurricane where it maintains that intensity, unfortunately, it looks like just east and north of the Bahamas and then moving toward the east coast of Florida,” Ian Oliver said. “The possibility is increasing that a powerful major hurricane could strike the east coast somewhere along there.”

As of 11 p.m. Wednesday, Hurricane Dorian should move over the Atlantic well east of the southeastern and central Bahamas on Thursday and Friday.

“Dorian is forecast to strengthen and become a powerful hurricane during the next few days over the Atlantic waters,” the outlook says.

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