Hurricane Dorian weakens to Category 2 storm as its outer bands reach Florida coast Wednesday morning
According to Fox News, as of Wednesday morning, Hurricane Dorian has weakened to a Category 2 storm and is sitting about 100 miles east of Daytona Beach, Florida, moving almost parallel to the Atlantic coast line at about 8 mph. Its outer bands hit the east coast of Florida Wednesday morning, causing torrential rains and tropical storm-force-winds to lash the Sunflower state. Flood advisory warnings were put in effect for the counties of Orange, Lake, and Volusia Wednesday morning, the Orlando Sentinel reports, and it is believed that there will be flooding in a surplus of regions along the east coast as the week persists. ~
This comes just days after Hurricane Dorian, formerly a Category 5 storm, wreaked havoc on the islands of the Bahamas. The death toll of the two day wrath of Dorian in the region rose to seven Tuesday evening, and it is believed that over 45% of all homes in Abaco and Grand Bahama were destroyed or damaged by the storms harsh 185 mph winds. According to Hubert Minnisthe, the Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian “was the worst hurricane to ever hit the Bahamas.” ~
Over two million people in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina have been urged to evacuate by state and federal officials due to the risks of Hurricane Dorian. According to the National Hurricane Center, the 105 mph winds that exist in the outer bands of the storm extend to almost 175 mph from the eye, and could have damaging effects on coastline communities. It remains unclear whether Hurricane Dorian will make landfall along the eastern coast of the United States, or when exactly it would do so if such an event were to occur. Dorian is expected, however, to come close to making landfall in Georgia and South Carolina on Thursday and Friday, and could get even closer to North Carolina and southeastern Virginia by the end of the week if it remains on its current path. ~
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