Hurricane Dorian remains a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 200mph. While the wind speeds have come down, strong wind gusts and very heavy rainfall continue to impact parts of the South Carolina and North Carolina coastline.
Early Thursday morning the outer rain bands of Dorian not only produced very heavy rain, but numerous tornadoes. Severe weather is fairly common with a land falling, or near land falling, hurricane. That’s because as the storms and wind associated with the storms move onshore the land creates a little more friction, slowing down the winds near the surface. This develops a little more shear in the atmosphere allowing the quick spin up tornadoes to develop. There are currently no active tornado warnings, but several Flash Flood Warnings have been issued along the coast of North Carolina.
The eye of the hurricane remains just off-shore with is moving to the northeast around 13 mph. The storm is forecast to weaken to a Category One hurricane sometime Friday before moving further north into the Atlantic.