Hurricane Dorian strengthened to an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds near 140 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) announced Friday night.
The NHC statement said the storm’s change in intensity was detected by hurricane hunter aircraft, The news raised fears that Dorian could become the most powerful hurricane to hit Florida’s east coast in nearly 30 years.
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As of 2 a.m. ET Saturday, Dorian was about 340 miles east of the northwestern Bahamas and 510 miles east of West Palm Beach. It was moving west-northwest at 10 mph.
Late Friday, the NHC’s new projected track showed Dorian making landfall near Fort Pierce, some 70 miles north of President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, then running along the coastline as it moved north.
But forecasters cautioned that the storm’s track was still highly uncertain and even a small deviation could put Dorian offshore or well inland.
“It is imperative that all Floridians and their families take Hurricane Dorian seriously,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a statement on Friday night. “The time to prepare diminishes by the hour, particularly because we are still uncertain of where it will make landfall. Everyone should have seven days of food, water and medicine in preparation for this storm. Additionally, all residents need to be prepared to evacuate, should that be required.”