A stretch of Florida’s east coast, from Deerfield Beach to Sebastian Inlet, has been placed under a tropical storm watch, according to the National Hurricane Center’s latest advisory on Hurricane Dorian.
The advisory explained:
Given that the area of tropical storm force winds could expand, and taking into account the uncertainty in the track forecast, a tropical storm watch was issued for the east of Florida from Deerfield Beach to Sebastian Inlet.
Tropical storm-force winds are expected in that area Sunday evening, though the center of the storm is still expected to remain offshore and not make landfall in Florida. Dorian could come close to the coasts of the Carolinas on Wednesday and Thursday.
Hurricane warnings remain in effect for the northwestern Bahamas, where Dorian is expected to bring destructive winds, storm surge and flooding rainfall on Sunday and Monday.
As of 5 p.m. Saturday, Dorian was about 170 miles east of Great Abaco Island in The Bahamas, the advisory said, and about 355 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida. The storm was moving west at just 8 mph.