Hurricane Dorian Path Map, Category 3 Hurricane Wind Speed, Euro Model Hurricane Dorian

Hurricane Dorian Path Map

Hurricane Dorian Path Map

The Florida Department of Emergency Management tweeted that residents should have 7 days of supplies in preparation for Hurricane Dorian.

“A stocked supply kit has water, nonperishable food, prescription medications, flashlights and extra batteries,” the agency said in the tweet, which included a checklist.

Hurricane Dorian’s path is forecast to track just east of Puerto Rico late Wednesday and move northwest as it strengthens toward the east coast of Florida.

The storm picked up steam over the past several hours as heavy winds approached Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Dorian was upgraded from a tropical storm to a hurricane and is expected to continue increasing in strength, possibly becoming a Category 3 as it approaches Florida. The forecast track has the storm making landfall somewhere in Florida this weekend as a Category 3, according to the 11 a.m. Wednesday advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

The current track of Tropical Storm Dorian has the center of the storm off the coast of north-central Florida on Labor Day.

After impacting the Lesser Antilles on Tuesday, Dorian began to unleash heavy rain and strong winds across Puerto Rico and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands on Wednesday.

The storm strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane shortly before 2 p.m. EDT.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Dorian’s maximum sustained winds were 75 mph as it tracked northwest at 13 mph near the island of St. Thomas. Hurricane-force winds extend outward about 20 miles from the center of the storm while tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles. Additional strengthening is likely in the coming days as it pulls away from the Caribbean.

Dorian’s path shifted and will take it over Puerto Rico, rather than further east over Hispaniola, before traveling northwestward through the Bahamas with an eventual strike on the Florida Peninsula as a hurricane sometime on Monday morning. As a result, the National Hurricane Center has issued a number of watches and warnings. Puerto Rico remained under a hurricane watch early Wednesday, and a hurricane warning was in effect for the U.S. and British Virgin Islands.

All interests in Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Florida and the rest of the Southeast and Gulf coasts should continue to closely monitor the progression of Dorian, which delivered strong winds and heavy rain during its passage through the islands of Martinique, Barbados and St. Lucia.

At the very least, a swath of building seas, rough surf, heavy rain and gusty winds will spread northwestward along the path of the tropical cyclone.