Dorian strengthens into a Category 3 major hurricane
Hurricane Dorian has strengthened to a major Category 3 storm. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the hurricane is “extremely dangerous” and poses a significant threat to Florida and the northwestern Bahamas.
Dorian was located 445 miles east of the northwest Bahamas at 2 p.m. EDT on Friday. It had maximum sustained winds of 115 mph and was moving northwest at 10 mph.
A hurricane watch was in effect for northwestern Bahamas. Hurricane conditions are possible by Sunday.
The hurricane was listed as a Category 2 storm Friday morning. Sustained winds as of 5 a.m. this morning were at 105 mph.
The center said additional strengthening is expected as the storm approaches the Florida peninsula. It could make landfall as a category 4 hurricane late Monday or early Tuesday.