Hurricane Dorian is an 85 mph Category 1 hurricane, but isn’t content to stay that way for long. The National Hurricane Center is forecasting Dorian to become a Category 3 or greater “major” hurricane by Friday morning as it heads toward a potential landfall in Florida or elsewhere along the East Coast by Monday, potentially as a Category 4.
After sideswiping Puerto Rico and lashing St. Thomas during its trek through the Virgin Islands, Dorian has continued its march northwestward (at 13 mph) and is centered about 370 miles east of the southeastern Bahamas.
The National Hurricane Center is predicting that Dorian will soon move into a region that is extremely conducive to intensification, with very warm waters and favorable upper-level winds. This area is an atmospheric tinder box that could support rapid intensification.