While the Tampa area will feel little to effects from Hurricane Dorian, the Bahamas continue to get pounded. Dorian will remain over the Bahamas for much of today, according to the Weather Channel. The report says that the storm will begin its moving up our Southeast coast later today. The report also notes that while Dorian has been downgraded to a Category 3 hurricane, it will have “significant, damaging impact from Florida’s Atlantic coast to parts of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and possible southeast Virginia this week.”
According to the National Hurricane Center, life-threatening storm surge and dangerous hurricane-force winds are expected along Florida’s east coast and the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina today. Their report adds that there’s a risk of those conditions as far north as North Carolina.
According to the Weather Channel, by Thursday, Dorian is expected to pass near the coasts of northeastern South Carolina and North Carolina. “A landfall is possible anywhere in this zone, which would bring the most damaging winds and storm-surge flooding. However, these impacts will also occur even if Dorian’s center does not make a landfall. Heavy rain will also lead to flooding in this area. Some impacts from wind, coastal flooding and rainfall flooding could spread as far north as the Virginia Tidewater and the southern Delmarva Peninsula late Thursday.” They predict that by Friday and Saturday the storm “could track close enough to bring rain and some wind to the Virginia Tidewater, Delmarva Peninsula, Jersey Shore, Long Island, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod before it heads toward the Canadian Maritimes by this weekend.”