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Hurricane Dorian now a Category 4; prolonged threat to Florida, Southeastern U.S. possible

by 30 Aug 23:46 PDT
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Dorian has strengthened into a Category 4 major hurricane, posing a prolonged danger that may last days in Florida and the southeastern United States beginning Labor Day weekend.

The Hurricane Hunters are flying through Dorian, and have found maximum sustained winds have climbed to 140 mph, making Dorian a Category 4 hurricane. Pressure has also dropped down to 948 mb, which is a 22 mb drop from the 5pm advisory. Drops in pressure are usually followed by an increase in winds.

Dorian's center is about 375 miles east of the northwestern Bahamas. The hurricane is moving toward the west-northwest at about 10 mph. This is a slight turn to the left compared to earlier in the day.

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