Hurricane Drian left Florida on Wednesday and aimed at the coasts of Georgia and Carolina. According to the National Hurricane Center, these regions are faced with a triple threat of “destructive winds, flood rains, and life-threatening storms”.
Dorian stayed far enough from the coast to greatly avoid the worst from Florida anger, but predicted to get far closer to the Carolina coastline and even land by the end of Wednesday to Thursday It has been. Therefore, the impact is expected to be more serious.
For example, around Charleston, South Carolina, gusts of wind reach 80 miles per hour, and the water level ranks among the top five recorded levels by a combination of ocean surges and 6-10 inches of rain. Stronger gusts hit the Outer Banks of North Carolina, which can lead to power outages and damage.
Even Virginia Tidewater and southern Del Marva can withstand tropical storms by Friday, after which the storm eventually runs to the sea.
Category 2 storms are no longer powerhouses that destroyed the northwestern part of the Bahamas, but have grown in scale. In other words, strong winds cover larger areas, generate huge waves and push a large amount of water to the coast.
Wednesday 7am storm
I moved 90 miles east of Daytona Beach, Florida and 8 miles northwest. The maximum storm duration was 105 mph, making it a high-end category 2 storm. Durian is expected to maintain his current strength until Thursday.
Storms grow from the weekend, with hurricane winds extending 60 miles from the center and tropical storm winds extending 175 miles.
Radar from central and northern Florida swirls out of Dorian’s outer rain band, creating heavy rain and strong winds. During the hours before Wednesday dawn, peak gusts in Borussia and Brevard counties reached 50 to 70 miles per hour.
The Melbourne National Weather Service tweeted, “Beware of the strong winds and short heavy rains when passing through today’s squall.” “Beach conditions are dangerous for #Dorian. In addition to the threat of coastal flooding and coastal erosion, the waves remain high and rough.”
Georgia, Carolina and Virginia forecasts
Conditions are expected to worsen by Wednesday morning on the Georgia coast and later Wednesday on South Carolina. In North Carolina, it may take until the second half of Thursday before the storm begins. Most storm effects in southeastern Virginia should be curtailed until Friday morning.
The seriousness of Durian’s influence is closely related to how close Durian tracks to the coast and where it will land. Most computer models predict Dorian’s center is very close to the coast of South Carolina and land in North Carolina.