First Alert: Tracking Hurricane Dorian and what it means for Pine Belt

First Alert: Tracking Hurricane Dorian and what it means for Pine Belt
Dorian is now a hurricane and the National Hurricane Center calls for it to make landfall on Labor Day. (Source: WDAM)

PINE BELT (WDAM) - Hurricane Dorian is passing north of Puerto Rico out in the open Atlantic. It is anticipated to move to the west-northwest toward Florida. The National Hurricane Center forecast has it making landfall as a Category 3 Hurricane on Labor Day somewhere along the eastern coast of Florida or Georgia.

For now, Dorian does not pose any immediate impacts to the Pine Belt, but does require monitoring.

What to expect:

During the next three-to-five days Hurricane Dorian will travel from Puerto Rico toward the eastern Florida or Georgia coastline.

Threats:

None for us right now, but this storm will continue to be monitored.

Timing:

We will know more about specifics every 12 hours. Right now, the timeline is for Dorian to make its initial landfall on Labor Day. Beyond that there are a lot of unknowns.

Unknowns:

There are almost infinity. We will know more with every passing 12 hours, but for now, keep tabs on the forecast and check your Hurricane Preparedness Kits.

More Info

For more scientific information on this and other forecasts, you can get extra details and a complete scientific breakdown over on Nick’s Blog.

Preparations:

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