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Hurricane Dorian Intermediate Advisory Number 51A
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL052019
200 AM EDT Fri Sep 06 2019
...DORIAN PRODUCING WIND GUSTS NEAR HURRICANE-FORCE OVER EASTERN
SUMMARY OF 200 AM EDT...0600 UTC...INFORMATION
ABOUT 30 MI...50 KM SSW OF CAPE LOOKOUT NORTH CAROLINA
ABOUT 55 MI...90 KM E OF WILMINGTON NORTH CAROLINA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...90 MPH...150 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NE OR 45 DEGREES AT 15 MPH...24 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...958 MB...28.29 INCHES
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:
The Storm Surge Warning has been discontinued south of Wrightsville
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for...
* Wrightsville Beach NC to Poquoson VA
* Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds
* Neuse and Pamlico Rivers
* Hampton Roads
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...
* South Santee River to the North Carolina/Virginia border
* Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for...
* Nova Scotia
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* North Carolina/Virginia border to Fenwick Island DE
* Chesapeake Bay from Drum Point southward
* Tidal Potomac south of Cobb Island
* Woods Hole to Sagamore Beach MA
* Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard MA
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...
* Prince Edward Island
* Magdalen Islands
* Fundy National Park to Shediac.
* Francois to Boat Harbour.
A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening
inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline,
during the next 36 hours in the indicated locations. For a depiction
of areas at risk, please see the National Weather Service
Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic, available at hurricanes.gov.
This is a life-threatening situation. Persons located within these
areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property
from rising water and the potential for other dangerous conditions.
Promptly follow evacuation and other instructions from local
A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected
somewhere within the warning area. Preparations to protect life and
property should be rushed to completion.
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are
expected within the warning area within 36 hours.
A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible
within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours
before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force
winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or
A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are
possible within the watch area, in this case within 36 hours.
Interests elsewhere along the Mid-Atlantic and New England coasts of
the United States should monitor the progress of Dorian.
For storm information specific to your area, including possible
inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your
local National Weather Service forecast office.
DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK
At 200 AM EDT (0600 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Dorian was located
near latitude 34.2 North, longitude 76.8 West. Dorian is moving
toward the northeast near 15 mph (24 km/h), and this general motion
is expected to continue with an increase in forward speed through
Saturday. On the forecast track, the center of Dorian will move
near or over the coast of North Carolina during the next several
hours. The center should move to the southeast of extreme
southeastern New England tonight and Saturday morning, and then
across Nova Scotia late Saturday or Saturday night.
Maximum sustained winds are near 90 mph (150 km/h) with higher
gusts. Slow weakening is expected during the next few days.
However, Dorian should remain a powerful hurricane as the center
moves near or along the coast of North Carolina. Dorian is forecast
to become a post-tropical cyclone with hurricane-force winds by
Saturday night as it approaches Nova Scotia.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km) from
the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 220
miles (350 km). A Weatherflow station in Pamlico Sound, North
Carolina, recently reported a sustained wind of 51 mph (82 km/h) and
a wind gust to 70 mph (113 km/h). The Johnny Mercer Pier NOAA-NOS
station located at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, recently
measured a sustained wind of 42 mph (66 km/h) and a gust of 58 mph
The minimum central pressure based on data from the Air Force
Hurricane Hunters and surface observations is 958 mb (28.29
inches). A report of 959.2 mb (28.32 inches) was recently measured
at Wrightsville Beach Offshore buoy.
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
WIND: Hurricane conditions are spreading along portions of the
North Carolina coast. Tropical storm conditions are still affecting
the northern portion of the South Carolina coast.
Tropical storm conditions are expected in the Tropical Storm
Warning area in the Mid-Atlantic states later today and over
portions of extreme southeastern Massachusetts tonight or early
STORM SURGE: The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the
tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by
rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. The water could
reach the following heights above ground somewhere in the indicated
areas if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide...
Surf City to Duck NC, including Pamlico and Albemarle
Sounds and the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers...4 to 7 ft
Duck NC to Poquoson VA, including Hampton Roads...2 to 4 ft
Wrightsville Beach to Surf City NC...2 to 4 ft
Water levels could begin to rise well in advance of the arrival of
strong winds. The surge will be accompanied by large and
destructive waves. Surge-related flooding depends on the how close
the center of Dorian comes to the coast, and can vary greatly over
short distances. For information specific to your area, please see
products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast
RAINFALL: Dorian is expected to produce the following rainfall
totals through Friday Night:
South Carolina...Additional amounts up to a half inch, isolated
storm totals of 12 inches.
Eastern North Carolina...Additional 3 to 8 inches, isolated storm
totals of 15 inches.
Far southeast Virginia...3 to 8 inches.
Extreme Southeastern New England...2 to 4 inches.
This rainfall may cause life-threatening flash floods.
SURF: Large swells will affect much of the southeastern United
States coast from northern Florida through North Carolina during
the next couple of days. These swells are likely to cause
life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Please consult
products from your local weather office.
TORNADOES: A few tornadoes are possible this morning across
eastern North Carolina into southeastern Virginia.
Next complete advisory at 500 AM EDT.