Wind Gusts From Hurricane Dorian Start Picking Up Speed In Jacksonville

Sep 3, 2019

Outer rain bands from Dorian continued to move inland from Jacksonville to the Palm Coast Tuesday night.  

This map from the National Weather Service was retrieved at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday. It shows the wind threats the region is facing.
Credit National Weather Service

Hurricane Dorian, now a Category 2 storm, was heading NW at 6 mph, according to the 8 p.m. report from the National Hurricane Center.

Dorian is still forecast to follow the eastern coast of Florida as it continually tracks towards the Carolinas.

Squall movement was about 60 mph to the SSW. Sustained winds in these areas had reached 23 mph and wind gusts up to 35 mph had been reported by 6:30 p.m.

The winds are sustained at 110 mph. The continually growing eye and expanding hurricane and tropical-storm-force winds are due to the gradual weakening of Dorian.

Some reorganization is expected as it tracks through warm, uninterrupted waters of the Atlantic, however high vertical wind shear awaits towards the Carolinas.

This is expected to significantly weaken Dorian as it moves along the coast. As Dorian passes North Carolina, it's forecast to pick up speed.

WATCHES AND WARNINGS

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for north of Ponte Vedra Beach to the Savannah River.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for north of Ponte Vedra Beach to the Savannah River.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for north of Ponte Vedra Beach to the Savannah River, as well as the Jupiter inlet to the Sebastian inlet.

The Hurricane Warning from the Sebastian inlet to the Jupiter inlet has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm Warning.

All Tropical Storm watches/warnings have been discontinued for all areas south of the Jupiter inlet.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for The Jupiter inlet to Surf City, NC.

Related

The National Hurricane Center posted this satellite view of Hurricane Dorian Tuesday afternoon.
Credit National Hurricane Center

Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday he’s been fully briefed and that impacts, “including flooding, structural damage, storm surge and serious beach erosion in our coastal communities cannot be understated.”

Gov. Ron DeSantis is thanking public service agencies for their storm preparation.
Credit Gov. Ron DeSantis' Twitter page

He thanked President Donald Trump on Twitter for his support, along with FEMA, The Florida Highway Patrol and neighboring states that have deployed resources.

Bill Bortzfield can be reached at bbortzfield@wjct.org, 904-358-6349 or on Twitter at @BortzInJax.