/Hurricane Dorians path: The forecast for Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas

Hurricane Dorians path: The forecast for Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas


Hurricane Dorian is churning dangerously close to the Southeast coastline Wednesday, where residents from Florida to the Carolinas are facing powerful rains, wind and flooding.

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Dorian, now a Category 2, is moving north by the Florida and Georgia coast and might make landfall in North Carolina.

Here’s what to expect and when, according to the latest forecast.

Florida

Dorian slammed Florida with strong winds Wednesday, bringing a gust of 69 mph to New Smyrna Beach.

The heavy rains brought flooding to the Jacksonville area.

A storm surge up to 5 feet is possible.

Georgia

Dorian moved north Wednesday afternoon, bringing heavy rain to Savannah, Georgia, and its surrounding beaches.

PHOTO: A sign at the Lazaretto Creek boat ramp as is nearly underwater at high tide as Hurricane Dorian makes its way up the east coast, Sept. 4, 2019, toward Tybee Island, GaStephen B. Morton/AP
A sign at the Lazaretto Creek boat ramp as is nearly underwater at high tide as Hurricane Dorian makes its way up the east coast, Sept. 4, 2019, toward Tybee Island, Ga

Life-threatening storm surge flooding up to 5 feet is possible.

South Carolina & North Carolina

A hurricane warning is in effect for the entire North Carolina and South Carolina coastline, which will see the brunt of the storm Wednesday night through Thursday and into Friday morning.

PHOTO: Hurricane Dorian forecast track map.ABC News
Hurricane Dorian forecast track map.

Thursday morning, Dorian will reach Charleston — a city very vulnerable to storm surge and flooding.

Myrtle Beach to Wilmington will get hit during the day on Thursday and North Carolina’s Outer Banks will feel the brunt of the storm late Thursday into Friday morning.

Dorian might make landfall in either coastal South Carolina or North Carolina between Thursday night and Friday morning.

PHOTO: Women walk in front of a boarded up house on the beach in North Litchfield, S.C., Sept. 4, 2019.Independent Mail/USA Today Network
Women walk in front of a boarded up house on the beach in North Litchfield, S.C., Sept. 4, 2019.

Regardless of landfall, Dorian will be close enough to the Carolina coasts to bring near-hurricane-force winds, storm surge and flooding — the biggest threat will likely be coastal flooding from Charleston to the Outer Banks.

The highest storm surge is expected for the South Carolina coast, where up to 8 feet is possible.

PHOTO: Hurricane Dorian storm surge map.ABC News
Hurricane Dorian storm surge map.

The heaviest rainfall from Dorian is expected to hit the coastal Carolinas, where up to 15 inches of rain is possible.

PHOTO: Weather map shows the latest rainfall forecast for Hurricane Dorian.ABC News
Weather map shows the latest rainfall forecast for Hurricane Dorian.
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