Tropical Storm Dorian- POSITIVE UPDATE Category 5
Hurricane Dorian is continuing to move over the Northern Bahamas causing devastation to the Grand Bahamas and the Abaco islands. As it approaches the Florida east coast there is a potential landfall on Tuesday as a major Category 5 hurricane. At this point in the forecast the impacts related to Dorian for west-central and southwest Florida should be minimal as the storm tracks North. Things to consider for SWFL:
Good news, the forecast track is keeping SWFL out of the cone:
▪ Must continue to watch future forecasts to make sure it doesn’t shift to the left
▪ Captiva and the rest of SWFL is no longer in the cone of uncertainty
▪ Best chance of sustained tropical storm force winds will be eastern parts of Polk and Highlands County, and Sumter County
The National Weather Service in Ruskin is closely monitoring Dorian and in close communication with the National Hurricane Center. Any important information, forecast changes, or useful decision support information will be passed along immediately as the storm gets closer and confidence in potential impacts increases.