TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The east coast of Florida is getting lashed by Hurricane Dorian Wednesday as the storm moves north offshore.
Hurricane Dorian remains a powerful Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph, as of 2 p.m. The storm is about 115 miles east of Jacksonville and 180 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina.
The storm’s outer rainbands began lashing Florida Tuesday night as the system moved away from the Bahamas.
Dorian bore down on the Bahamas for 48 hours. Seven people were confirmed to have died and that number is expected to rise. Approximately 13,000 homes were destroyed in one group of islands in the Bahamas alone.
The storm continues to move north-northwestward Wednesday, parallel to the northeastern coast of Florida, according to the NHC.
A Hurricane Warning was extended northeastward along the North Carolina Coast.
WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN PLACE:
- North of Savannah River to the North Carolina/Virginia border
- Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds
- North of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida to Savannah River
TROPICAL STORM WARNING:
- Volusia/Brevard County FL line to Savannah River
TROPICAL STORM WATCH:
- The North Carolina/Virginia border to Chincoteague VA
- Chesapeake Bay from Smith Point southward
STORM SURGE WARNING:
- North of Port Canaveral FL to the North Carolina/Virginia border
- Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds
- Neuse and Pamlico Rivers
STORM SURGE WATCH:
- North Carolina/Virginia border to Poquoson VA, including Hampton Roads