Dorian drops in wind speed, downgraded to Category 2 storm but still considered very dangerous

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Hurricane Dorian has dropped in wind speed and been downgraded to a Category 2 storm but it’s still being considered very dangerous by officials.

“The headline for this Dorian advisory is NOT that the wind speed has slightly decreased,” the National Hurricane Center said with its 11 a.m. report, when the winds were reduced to 110 mph. “The combined wind, surge and flood hazards are the same or even worse since the hurricane has become larger.”

Hurricane-force winds extended outward up to 60 miles from the storm’s center as of late-morning, up 15 mph from earlier reports.

Parts of the Florida coast are expected to see hurricane-force winds by Tuesday evening and Weatherbug predicts the same pattern will head north up the coast.

“Tropical storm-force winds in excess of 39 mph will reach far inland into central and northern Florida as the hurricane moves northward parallel to the coast,” Weatherbug said in an online report.

The storm’s growth is what has meteorologists concerned moving forward.

The National Weather Service said that “not only is Dorian expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and dangerous winds to some areas, additionally, the flash flood threat will increase today and tonight along the Florida peninsula, then spread up the Southeast and mid-Atlantic coast during the middle part of the week.”

“The risk of life-threatening storm surge and hurricane-force winds continues to increase along the coast of North Carolina,” the Hurricane Center added.

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