DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The 10 PM CDT advisory from the National Hurricane Center is in. Dorian is now a category 2 storm with 105 mph sustained wind. By Friday morning, it is likely to be a major category 3 storm. There have been indications that the storm will be moving a little slower than previous model data. In fact, the forward movement is starting to slow down gradually. This slowdown will favor a more westward movement and a more southern landfall on Florida’s east coast. That could allow Dorian to enter the Gulf of Mexico. Bottom line, this will be a major weather event for the Florida peninsula and something for us to keep an eye on.
The ingredients are in place for a powerful storm to develop. Water temperatures are over 85° ahead of the storm and the storm will not encounter much of any wind shear.
Any impacts in the Wiregrass or Gulf Coast would not be felt until the middle part of next week. Everything will depend on the timing and path of the storm.