At 4 PM, Hurricane Dorian tied the third-strongest hurricane on record, the 1924 “Cuba” hurricane, in the Atlantic basin by pressure with a barometer reading of 910 millibars. Max winds are estimated at 185 MPH with gusts to 220 MPH. It is lashing the Bahamas with extreme wind and storm surge as it continues to slow down. We are watching intently to see when the storm will turn north. (The sooner, the better.)
The storm continues to pose a threat to the Southeast coast, including Charleston, for the middle of next week. Preparations for hurricane conditions should continue in the Charleston area, with the risk for greatest impacts Wednesday afternoon into Thursday.
The next full track and intensity forecast will be out at 5PM.