From the National Hurricane Center 5am advisory: Hurricane Dorian is moving Northeast at 14mph with maximum sustained winds at 90mph.
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:
- The Hurricane Warning has been replaced with a Tropical Storm Warning from South Santee River, SC to Little River Inlet.
- The Storm Surge Warning south of Surf City has been discontinued.
Life-threatening storm surge and dangerous winds are expected to continue along portions of the North Carolina coast, portions of southeast Virginia and the southern Chesapeake Bay.Water levels could rise well in advance of the arrival of strong winds. Residents in these areas should follow advice given by local emergency officials.
Flash flooding is occurring, and will continue to become more widespread across the eastern Carolinas and far southeast Virginia this morning. There is a high risk of flash flooding over these areas, where significant, life-threatening flash flooding is expected.
At 500 AM EDT (0900 UTC), the center of Hurricane Dorian was located near latitude 34.6 North, longitude 76.2 West. Dorian is moving toward the northeast near 14 mph (22 km/h) and this general motion with an increase in forward speed is expected through Saturday.On the forecast track, the center of Dorian will move near or over the coast of North Carolina during the next several hours.The center should move to the southeast of extreme southeastern New England tonight and Saturday morning, and then across Nova Scotia late Saturday or Saturday night.
Maximum sustained winds are near 90 mph (150 km/h) with higher gusts.Dorian should remain a powerful hurricane as it moves near or along the coast of North Carolina during the next several hours. Dorian is forecast to become a post-tropical cyclone with hurricane-force winds by Saturday night as it approaches Nova Scotia.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 220 miles (350 km).A NOAA weather station at Cape Lookout, North Carolina, located inside the western eyewall of Dorian has reported sustained hurricane-force winds of 74 mph (119 km/h) and a gust to 94 mph (152 km/h).This is equivalent to a 1-minute sustained wind speed of 81 mph (130 km/h).A Weatherflow station at Fort Macon near Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, recently reported a sustained wind of 64 mph (103 km/h) and a gust to 85 mph (137 km/h).
The estimated minimum central pressure based on data from the Air Force Hurricane Hunters and surface observations is 956 mb (28.23 inches).