Hurricane Dorian after sitting tight for almost a full twenty four hours has started it’s move to the North it is forecast to come up the Florida coast and to affect the coast of South Carolina on Thursday into Friday. Storm surge warnings have been posted for the Atlantic coast through South Carolina.
Columbia and the Midlands should expect to be affected by the powerful storm. What that impact is remains to be determined. Dorian is moving in an erratic matter so it’s important that you keep an eye on it.
The heavy rainfall could lead to rivers rising, flash floods and downed trees.
All of the water will soften the ground and make reduced wind speeds a threat to uproot trees.
Tornadoes are also a possible effect of the powerful weather.
Dorian is a strong Category 3 hurricane capable of dumping 20 inches of rain and Tropical Storm force winds on some parts of the southeastern United States up to 140 miles from the eye of the storm. .
Dorian will remain a major storm through the next 48 hours..
When Dorian arrives, it is expected to have dropped from a Category 5 to a Category 2 hurricane, a storm that still carries sustained winds of 96 to 110 mph, according to the National Weather Service.
Winds that high can easily topple trees and cause power outages.
The highest winds and flooding are expected east of Interstate 95, with potentially life-threatening storm surges along the beaches.
Although the official forecast still doesn’t show Dorian making landfall along the Florida coast the wind field of the storm is increasing and any deviation to the left of the forecast track will bring hurricane force winds onshore.
Life-threatening storm surge and dangerous winds are expected along portions of the Florida east coast and the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina regardless of the exact track of Dorian’s center.
Water levels from storm surge could begin to rise well in advance of the arrival of strong winds.
Early reports suggest that as many as 13,000 homes have been severely damaged or destroyed in the Bahamas, and casualties have been reported.
The storm is forecast to come “dangerously close” to the east coast of the U.S. this week.