The Caribbean islands can relax a bit today as Hurricane Dorian avoids the land and heads out to the open ocean, where it is predicted to expand into a more substantial storm over the weekend before it makes its way towards Florida.
Last night, Dorian was roughly 90 miles (144km) north of San Juan, Puerto Rico, heading towards the northwest at around 13 miles per hour (almost 21 kph). Meteorologist Rob Shackelford says that the hurricane is supposed to carry on with its trajectory, but its expected to move more to the west tomorrow evening.
On the storm’s current course, there is no imminent threat to any notable land regions. However, moving across the water will contribute to Dorian’s growth, making it a Category 2 hurricane (wind speeds between 96 and 110 mph) by this evening.
Florida may need to brace for Dorian’s arrival
The storm could continue to intensify over the weekend as it passes by the warm waters in the Bahamas. At this point, Dorian could become a Category 3 hurricane as it heads towards the coast of Florida.
“Dorian will likely be a very formidable hurricane as it approaches late Sunday into Monday morning,” says meteorologist, Dave Hennen.
The Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis announced a state of emergency yesterday, advising all coastal residents to prepare for the potential storm.
“It’s important for Floridians on the East Coast to monitor this storm closely,” said DeSantis. “Every Florida resident should have seven days of supplies, including food, water, and medicine, and should have a plan in case of disaster.”
Although the forecasts at the moment project that Dorian will make its way to Florida as a significant force, meteorologists say that it is still too soon to know for certain exactly where and when the storm will reach the U.S.