Hurricane Dorian fast facts:
-Dorian has strengthened to a Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph.
-Dorian is expected to become a major hurricane Friday and remain extremely dangerous through the weekend.
-Dorian is on track to make landfall late Monday or early Tuesday, possibly as a powerful Category 4 and likely over Florida.
Hurricane Dorian strengthened to a Category 3 hurricane Friday, and it’s expected to stay “extremely dangerous” as it moves near the Bahamas and approaches the Florida coast, the National Hurricane Center said.
There’s a good chance Dorian will power its way into a Category 4 with potentially catastrophic 140 mph winds before making landfall on the mainland U.S. on Monday evening or Tuesday morning.
The National Weather Service said Dorian could bring a “triple-threat of dangers” to the state, including a “life-threatening storm surge, devastating hurricane-force winds and heavy rains.” The center urged Floridians to “Prepare NOW.”
As of 2 p.m. EDT Friday, Dorian’s center was some 625 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida, and about 445 miles east of the northwestern Bahamas as it headed northwest at 10 mph, the hurricane center said. Dorian had maximum sustained winds of 115 mph.
Dorian now a Category 3 storm
Dorian strengthened to a Category 3 storm Friday afternoon with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph, the National Hurricane Center said. Dorian is now being classified as a “major hurricane” and is expected to remain an “extremely dangerous major hurricane” as it approaches the Florida peninsula.