Tropical storm Dorian strengthened into an official hurricane Wednesday, with meteorologists warning the dangerous weather system could hit the coast of Florida as a Category 3 hurricane.
“The fourth named storm of the hurricane season, Dorian, strengthened Wednesday into a hurricane near the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas — and by the weekend it may threaten off Florida’s coast as a Category 3 storm,” reports Fox News.
“The National Hurricane Center said Wednesday in its 2 p.m. EST update that Dorian was located right above St. Thomas with maximum winds of 75 mph – a 25 mph increase from Tuesday – as it moved northwest at 13 mph,” adds Fox.
“This is trending in the wrong direction,” Fox News Meteorologist Adam Klotz said Wednesday on “Fox & Friends.” “It’s strengthening, maybe spending more time over warm water, which will allow it to continue to pick up those wind speeds, pick up all that extra moisture. It’s looking like a tough system.”
Tropical-storm-force winds from #Dorian could begin in parts of Florida *as early as* Saturday or Saturday night. Now is the time to begin thinking about what kinds of preparations you might need to make over the next couple of days. https://t.co/f5cqCroirU pic.twitter.com/mIGTVR6SUG
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) August 28, 2019
“Tropical-storm-force winds from #Dorian could begin in parts of Florida *as early as* Saturday or Saturday night. Now is the time to begin thinking about what kinds of preparations you might need to make over the next couple of days,” posted the National Hurricane Center on social media.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
'TOO LATE TO LEAVE': Hurricane Michael Could Strengthen to CAT 5, Landfall in Hours
Hurricane Michael is gathering strength and picking up steam as it heads towards the coast of Florida’s panhandle Wednesday; potentially becoming a Category 5 storm as it makes landfall later today.
“As powerhouse Michael, a Category 4 hurricane, hurtled closer to the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday, the supercharged storm had maximum sustained winds of 150 mph – just seven miles shy of a Category 5,” warned USA Today.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2018
“It’s our first storm (forecast) to be on top of us,” said one longtime resident. “We’ve had a number of them come into the Gulf, and either come to the left or the right of us. But never on top of us.”
“The time to evacuate coastal areas has come and gone,” said Florida Governor Rick Scott. “If you are in an inland county you might have one more chance to evacuate, but only if local officials say it is safe.”
155 MPH FURY: Hurricane Michael SLAMS Florida, Nears CAT 5
Hurricane Michael hit the Florida panhandle Wednesday afternoon at winds just shy of a Category 5 storm; smashing the coastline with sustained winds of 155 mph and drenching downpours.
The National Hurricane Center confirmed the storm made landfall at approximately 1pm Wednesday afternoon and was moving north-northeast at 14 mph.
“Water levels continue to rise quickly along the coast of the Florida Panhandle, the NHC said. “A National Ocean Service water level station at Apalachicola recently reported over 5.5 feet of inundation above ground level.”
— Emilie Ikeda (@EmilieIkedaFOX5) October 10, 2018
“Hurricane Michael is a dangerous, catastrophic life-threatening storm,” said a senior meteorologist at Fox News. “The panhandle of Florida has never had a Cat 4 landfall in their history, and Michael could go down as the strongest hurricane to hit the U.S. in the month of October.”