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.
UPDATE: 5 AM
— Ryan Maue (@RyanMaue) August 29, 2019
ALL EYES ON DORIAN: Looks like Hurricane Dorian is determined to ruin Labor Day in Florida.
— FOX 35 Orlando (@fox35orlando) August 29, 2019
The @NOAA_AOML Hurricane Hunters have departed from Lakeland, FL on their ~1,000 mile flight to meet up with Hurricane #Dorian. More recon data on the way. #HurricaneHunters pic.twitter.com/TIkHme8v6S
— Grant Gilmore WTSP (@GrantWTSP) August 29, 2019