FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The Live Doppler 15 Fury Storm Team continues to monitor the movement of Hurricane Dorian.
UPDATE: As of 11 AM Friday morning, Dorian has weakened to a Category 1 Hurricane. The storm continues to move to the northeast, along the Carolina coast at 17 mph.
Dorian will continue to impact the coast of North Carolina today. The hurricane’s center then moves to the southeast of extreme southeastern New England tonight and Saturday morning, and approaches Nova Scotia later Saturday or Saturday night.
A gradual weakening of the storm will take place over the next couple of days and Dorian is forecast to become a hurricane-force post-tropical cyclone by Saturday night as it approaches Nova Scotia.
As the storm moves northeastward, new areas will begin to be affected by high winds. Tropical storm conditions are expected in the Mid-Atlantic states by Friday and over portions of extreme southeastern Massachusetts by late Friday or early Saturday.
If the peak storm surge occurs at high tide, the highest surge would likely measure between 4 and 7 feet and occur from Cape Fear to Duck, N.C., including Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds and the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers. People in these areas should expect the water levels to rise before the winds pick up in speed.
Areas in South Carolina will pick up new rainfall amounts of only up to a half inch, but there have been some isolated storm totals of up to 12 inches so far. In eastern North Carolina, an additional 3 to 6 inches are expected with isolated storm totals up to 15 inches. For far southeast Virginia, 3 to 8 inches of rain will still come down and in extreme southeastern New England 2 to 4 inches will fall.
Some isolated tornadoes are still possible, especially across eastern North Carolina into southeast Virginia.
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