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Hurricane Dorian weakens to Category 1 storm

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Posted at 9:20 AM, Sep 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-06 06:37:35-04

UPDATE 9/6/19 5AM

The eye of Hurricane Dorian is passing just east of Cape Lookout as the Category 1 storm skirts North Carolina's coast.

Sustained, hurricane-force winds are battering the southern Outer Banks, a 200-mile-long (320-kilometer-long) chain of low-lying barrier islands and spits off North Carolina. The center of the storm is around 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of Cape Lookout and 55 miles (89 kilometers) southwest of Cape Hatteras, further north in the Outer Banks.

Top sustained winds are near 90 mph (145 kph) and the storm is moving northeast at 14 mph (22 kph).

As of 5 a.m., the National Hurricane Center replaced a hurricane warning with a tropical storm warning from South Santee River to Little River Inlet in South Carolina. The storm-surge warning south of Surf City, North Carolina, has been discontinued.

UPDATE 9/5/19 5AM

Dorian is a major hurricane a Category with winds of 115mph and gusts of 140mph moving to the north at 8mph. Residents along the coastline of South and North Carolina are anxiously awaiting the turn to the northeast later today. The western eyewall of Dorian is forecast to come dangerously close to the coastline today. Dorian will be near the outer banks of North Carolina Friday morning and quickly moving off into the Atlantic Friday evening.

FOX 4 MORNING METEOROLOGIST TRENT ARIC

UPDATE 9/4/19 5AM

Dorian bringing heavy rain, wind and storm surge to the east coast of Florida this morning as the storm is 90 miles east of Daytona Beach. It is moving NNW at 8 mph with sustained winds of 105 mph keeping it a Category 2 Hurricane with guyst of 125mph. The hurricane is still expected to pick up speed as it heads towards the Carolinas in the next few with the center of the storm making a very close pass to the Outer Banks of North Carolina Friday afternoon.

FOX 4 MORNING METEOROLOGIST TRENT ARIC

UPDATE 9/3/19 11PM

Dorian is turning a bit more to the north now moving NNW at 6mph. Winds have not changed this evening, still 110mph. It is expected to move faster as it heads towards the Carolinas. Rain bands & strong winds continue to batter the east coast of Florida tonight.

UPDATE 9/3/19 5 PM

No change in strength with winds still at 110. Moving NW a little faster at 6. Pressure at 959 mb. Tropical Storm Watch has been canceled for Highlands and Polk Co. larger wind field will lead to tropical storm conditions along the GA, SC, NC coast along with storm surge up to 7 ft in some areas.

FOX 4 CHIEF METEOROLOGIST DEREK BEASLEY

UPDATE 9/3/19 2 PM

Dorian has now increased in forward speed finally and is moving farther away from Grand Bahama Island. It is moving to the northwest at 5 mph and is expected to take a turn to the north and then northeast parallel to Florida's east coast and near the Carolina coast. Dorian is a strong Category 2 storm with maximum sustained wind of 110 mph with gusts to 125 mph. Storm surge and tropical storm force wind can be expected on Florida's east and northeast coast.

FOX 4 METEOROLOGIST ERIC STONE

UPDATE 9/3/19 8AM

The National Hurricane Center indicates that Category 3 Hurricane Dorian is inching NW at 1mph. Sustained winds now at 115 mph and gusts of 140mph. The storm is expected to FINALLY start moving north today and the latest forecast track keeps the strongest winds of Dorian offshore of the east coast of Florida. However storm surge, beach erosion and heavy rain will be a huge issue for the I-95 corridor.

FOX 4 MORNING METEOROLOGIST TRENT ARIC

UPDATE 9/3/19 5AM

Dorian is a Category 3 Hurricane stalled over Grand Bahama Island with winds of 120mph and gusts of 150mph. The storm remains stationary but is expected to start to finally drift north later today and continue into the Wednesday. The forecast track keeps the strongest winds of Dorian offshore of the east coast of Florida, but widespread storm surge, beach erosion and heavy rain will

FOX 4 MORNING METEOROLOGIST TRENT ARIC

Previous coverage of Hurricane Dorian HERE.

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