Hurricane Dorian skims Daytona Beach as a Category 2 hurricane.
With Hurricane Dorian’s eye south of Charleston, S.C., the Category 2 storm continues its path north and further away from Florida’s coastline at 7 mph.
As of the 11 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Dorian still had strengthened slightly with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph. Hurricane winds extend out 60 miles from the center of the storm, which is expected to move near or over the coasts of South Carolina and North Carolina from Thursday through Friday.
Tropical storm force winds now extend out 195 miles from Dorian’s center.
The storm was 105 miles south of Charleston and 225 miles south-southwest of Wilmington, N.C.
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Tropical storm conditions were affecting portions of the Georgia and southern South Carolina coasts, according to the 11 p.m. advisory.
North Carolina and a small chunk of southeast Virginia remain in the forecast cone, but the center is still expected to stay offshore.
With hurricane-force winds that extend out from the center 60 miles and a tropical-storm reach of up to 195 miles, the U.S. coast will feel the effects of Dorian even if the center of the cone stays offshore.
A buoy east of Port Canaveral measured an 81 mph wind gust early this morning, with sustained winds of 60 mph.
5 AM DORIAN UPDATE: Dorian is staying on track. It's currently about 90 miles east of Daytona Beach and moving north-northwest. Tropical-storm-force winds are lashing the coast but so far the hurricane-force winds are still offshore.https://t.co/SnLrgisGH1 pic.twitter.com/Fz8lVmG9Dy— Daytona Beach News-Journal (@dbnewsjournal) September 4, 2019
Melbourne International Airport had gusts to 44 mph overnight with sustained winds of 30 mph.
A gauge at NASA’s shuttle landing facility in Titusville had gusts to 46 mph with sustained winds of 30 this morning.
Elsewhere in the Atlantic basin, tropical storms Fernand and Gabrielle have formed. Fernand is moving toward Mexico.
Gabrielle, which is 780 miles west-northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands is not expected to effect land. Its track takes it out into the Central Atlantic.