(WFXTV) – The 5am update from the National Hurricane Center shows that Dorian has remained weakened slightly into a category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds falling to 120mph with higher gusts.
Dorian is expected to remain a powerful major hurricane over the next couple days as it begins to creep toward the west and west-northwest before making a turn to the north and northeast by midweek.
The hurricane force wind field now extends up to 45 miles from the center with tropical storm force winds extending out 160 miles from the summit.
Catastrophic hurricane conditions continue on Grand Bahama Island.
The center of Hurricane Dorian was located near latitude 26.9 north, longitude 78.4 West. Dorian is stationary just north of Grand Bahama Island. A slow north-northwestward motion is expected to begin this morning.
A turn to the north is forecast by Wednesday evening, followed by a turn to the north-northeast Thursday morning.
On this track, the core of extremely dangerous Hurricane Dorian will continue to pound Grand Bahama Island today.
Dorian will move dangerously close to the east coast of Florida late today through Wednesday evening, very near the Georgia and South Carolina coasts Wednesday night and Thursday, and near of over the North Carolina coast late Thursday.
The current NHC forecast track has Dorian making a very close pass up the East Coast for much of the upcoming week.
Anyone with interests along the coast or plans to head to the beach for vacation needs to be paying very close attention to the NHC forecast track as extremely dangerous surf, rip currents, and storm surge will be occurring throughout the week.