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Hurricane Dorian strengthens

As of 7 a.m. Friday, Hurricane Dorian is a powerful Category 2 hurricane, with winds of 110 mph over the Atlantic Ocean, just east of the Bahamas and north of Puerto Rico and Hispañola.

The minimum centralized barometric pressure this morning is 972 mb and falling, meaning the storm is strengthening over the warm waters of the Atlantic. In fact, by this afternoon it will be a Category 3 hurricane with winds up to 115 mph.

As it approaches the Bahamas later this weekend, and eventually Florida early next week, it will strengthen to a powerful Category 4.

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The National Hurricane Center is forecasting the hurricane to make landfall somewhere along the east coast of Florida as a Category 4 with 130 mph winds. IF it does make landfall, it will be the strongest hurricane to hit southern Florida since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

Impacts from the storm could happen as early as Sunday into Monday morning with tropical storm force winds (39-73 mph)

The hurricane force winds stay off shower this weekend, impacting the Bahamas. Again, the hurricane is forecast to make landfall in Florida late Monday night into Tuesday.

Regardless of where  the hurricane makes landfall in Florida — very heavy rainfall is expected (10-20 inches or more), along with wind damage, storm surge and some tornadoes.

After the Florida landfall, there is some question on whether it will stay on land and track up the east coast, or go back over water. If it were to go back over water, it would regain some of its strength.

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Kyle Kiel

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