Dorian has an well- defined eye with a diameter of about 40 miles and the northwestern edge of the eyewall is just offshore of the eastern coast of South Carolina.
Dorian has weakened and is now a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds 110 mph. Slow weakening is expected to continue during the next few days. However, Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane as the center moves near the coasts of South and North Carolina. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles.
A turn toward the northeast is anticipated by tonight, and a northeastward motion at a faster forward speed is forecast on Friday. On the forecast track, the center of Dorian will continue to move close to the coast of South Carolina today, and then move near or over the coast of North Carolina tonight and Friday.
Regardless of the exact track of Dorian's center, it is bringing life-threatening storm surge, winds, heavy rainfall and tornadoes to portions of the Carolinas and portions of southeast Virginia and the southern Chesapeake Bay. Water levels could rise well in advance of the arrival of strong winds.
Maryland is already being impacted indirectly by Dorian. The clouds hovering over the state today are courtesy of the powerful hurricane know as Dorian. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for North Carolina/Virginia border to Fenwick Island DE , Chesapeake Bay from Drum Point southward , Tidal Potomac south of Cobb Island , Altamaha Sound GA to Savannah River.
Tropical storm conditions are expected in the Tropical Storm Warning area in the Mid-Atlantic states by Friday.
The center should move away from Maryland and to the southeast of extreme southeastern New England Friday night and Saturday morning, and approach Nova Scotia later on Saturday.