Strengthening Dorian Could Make Landfall At Cat 4

NPR reports:

Hurricane Dorian may reach Category 4 strength before slamming into Florida over Labor Day weekend. The second level of “major” hurricane status, a Category 4 storm has the potential to cause “catastrophic damage” according to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

At least one model, as of Wednesday evening, showed a 31% chance of Dorian reaching high enough sustained maximum winds for Category 4 status by Friday afternoon.

The National Hurricane Center, which examines a wide array of models for its forecast, said in its 5 a.m. discussion that maximum winds could reach up to 125 mph in the next few days, 5 mph below what is needed to become a Category 4. That could change in the NHC’s next update.