First Alert Weather: Isolated showers/storms possible today; Dorian still a powerful category 4 hurricane


SUMMARY: A stationary front nearby today will help to keep mostly cloudy skies around along with the chance for showers and storms. Also, Dorian has been downgraded to strong category four storm.

TODAY: Mostly cloudy skies are expected today along with isolated showers and storms for the afternoon/evening. Highs today will manage the low/mid 80s.

TONIGHT: Partly to mostly cloudy skies will filter in across the east as lows head for the upper 60s and 70s. Isolated showers/storms will come to an end early.

LOOKING AHEAD: Tuesday looks to be a quieter day across the east and coastal plains. Make sure to enjoy it because we could be seeing the outer rain bands of Dorian approach by late Wednesday PM.

TROPICS: Hurricane Dorian has been downgraded to a category four hurricane. Winds are sustained at 155 mph as it continues working west at a snails pace of 1 mph. It won’t begin to make its northerly pivot until today through Tuesday afternoon. Hurricane Dorian has already set records in the Atlantic including the second most powerful hurricane on record when it comes to wind speeds.

Hurricane Dorian will continue to track NNW from Tuesday through the Wednesday. Early Thursday through the end of the work week is when it will start making that NNE movement. Eastern North Carolina is still on the edge of a land falling system. We are splitting hairs at this point when it comes to the track and any little change in the forecast could mean a significant change in its path. Make sure to monitor this forecast closely.

In summary, Dorian will linger near the Florida coast through Tuesday, then continues north. Outer rain bands could reach eastern North Carolina by late Wednesday evening. Dorian will become weaker, but heavy rain, wind, and surge effects will be possible Thursday and Friday in NC. Also, landfall in NC is still possible, but not certain. Remember, track and timing can still change.

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