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Dorian on the move towards the Mid-Atlantic

Posted at 11:50 AM, Sep 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-06 11:51:00-04

Dorian made landfall over Cape Hatteras, North Carolina at 8:35 a.m. EDT as a Category 1 hurricane. Maximum sustained winds were estimated near 90 mph, and the estimated minimum central pressure was 956 mb.

This was Dorian's 4th landfall. The first 3 landfalls were over the Bahamas on September 1st at 11:00pm Eastern Grand Bahama Island, 2:00pm Marsh Harbour, Great Abaco Island and 12:40pm Elbow Cay as a Category 5 hurricane with maximum sustained at 185 mph.

Although, the center of of Dorian is staying off the coast of Maryland, tropical storm conditions should continue on the southeastern coast of Virginia for the next several hours, and are expected to spread across other portions of the the Mid-Atlantic states later today because the storm is so large. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 220 miles. Therefore, Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect for Southern MD and portions of VA.

The highest impacts from Dorian will be in Southern MD, along the coast and at the beaches. High tide occurs at 3:12 p.m. for Ocean City today, so watch for 1-3ft. storm surge, high surf and rip currents. A coastal flood Watch is in effect for Anne Arundel county Saturday afternoon into 7:00 a.m. Sunday. Moderate flooding is possible around the time of high tide Saturday night. High tide at Annapolis on Saturday is at 2:01 a.m.

Dorian will continue to move to the southeast of extreme southeastern New England tonight and Saturday morning, and then across Nova Scotia late Saturday or Saturday night.

There will be sinking air behind Dorian, so prepare for an outstanding start to the weekend! Expect ample sunshine tomorrow with highs in the low to mid 80s. Sunday will feature a few more clouds and seasonal temps with highs in the low 80s.

Stay tuned for the latest on Dorian and Enjoy your weekend!