East Florida faces potential Category 4

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Image: National Hurricane Center
Image: National Hurricane Center

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For the first time since Hurricane Andrew in 1992, Florida’s east coast could be hit by a Category 4 storm, via the rapidly intensifying Hurricane Dorian.

The big picture: The National Hurricane Center warned this morning of increasing risk of “life-threatening storm surge” and “devastating hurricane-force winds” along the Florida east coast and peninsula this holiday weekend.

  • “Residents should have their hurricane plan in place, know if they are in a hurricane evacuation zone, and listen to advice given by local emergency officials.”

Between the lines: “There is still considerable uncertainty with this storm track forecast,” the Washington Post notes.

  • “We’re still not at the point where we can say where exactly Dorian will hit — if a U.S. landfall does occur at all.”
  • “As Dorian is a small hurricane, subtle shifts in path — only on the order of 50 miles or less — could mean the difference between severe winds and a modest breeze,” the Washington Post notes.

What’s next: The NHC will release its next guidance at 5pm EST.

The bottom line: Florida state government has declared a state of emergency, the Miami Herald reports.

  • “All residents, especially those along the east coast, need to be prepared for possible impacts.”
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