4WARN Weather: Dorian stalls over Grand Bahama Island

Hurricane Dorian becomes a Category 4 hurricane in the 11 am advisory
Hurricane Dorian becomes a Category 4 hurricane in the 11 am advisory(WCTV)
Published: Aug. 28, 2019 at 10:24 AM CDT
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[UPDATE: 9/2/2019 at 4 PM Update]

Here's the latest update on Hurricane Dorian as of Sunday afternoon. Dorian is located about 105 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida, and is stationary. Maximum sustained winds near the center are near 145 mph, category 4 major hurricane.

While Dorian has weakened to a category 4 hurricane, is hasn't become any less dangerous. Dorian has stalled over Grand Bahama Island, and is has slowly moved over the island for the past 24 to 36 hours. Grand Bahama Island has been relentlessly battered with destructive winds, as well as heavy rain and devastating storm surge. The lack of forward motion makes those effects even worse.

Once Dorian starts moving again, we should finally see that long-awaited turn to the northwest, then to the north as it gains forward speed once again. Dorian should start to speed up some time overnight Monday night and into Tuesday morning.

Dorian will continue to progressively weaken as it moves up the Atlantic coast. Anyone from the south-central coast of Florida to the Outer Banks of North Carolina should continue to keep an eye on Dorian.

Landfall is not anticipated anywhere along the Florida coast, but Dorian could get close enough to the coast where hurricane conditions could still be felt. Tropical storm force winds extend well away from the center of Dorian. Flooding rains and storm surge will still be an issue along the Atlantic coast from Florida to North Carolina.

LOCAL IMPACTS: Local impacts remain slim to none. Winds may pick up a little bit due to the pressure difference between the center of Dorian and where we are, but no rainfall is expected. Continue to check back in for the latest updates.