UPDATE: Dorian’s winds are 115 mph, and the storm is moving north-northeast at 8 mph.
Hurricane Dorian continues to be the major factor in our forecast this week. There is now a Tornado Watch for parts of our area through 7 p.m. Remember, a watch means a tornado could happen, a warning means a tornado is happening. Here’s my latest tweet:
If you are not following me on twitter, my handle is: @BigweatherABC11 There have been several tornado warnings down along the coast.
As a strong hurricane, Dorian will move in throughout the day, bringing gusty winds between 40-60 mph at times and periods of potentially heavy rain, especially farther east and south of the Triangle. The rain and gusty winds will continue tonight and last into tomorrow morning for the eastern part of our area with strong wind gusts and heavy rainfall expected.
Rainfall amounts between 1-4 inches in the Triangle and 4-8 inches to the south and east will lead to some flash flooding in areas. A few 10-inch rainfall reports cannot be ruled out, especially in areas where the heaviest rainbands set up.
By tomorrow afternoon, Dorian moves out of the area and off to the northeast, bringing us breaks of sunshine. However, it will still be breezy with winds gusting near 30 mph at times.
High pressure will then build in for the weekend, providing us with lots of sunshine & seasonably warm temperatures in the upper 80s.
Have a great Thursday! We’ll continue watching Dorian…