Will the New Storm Track Bring Hurricane Dorian Closer To Connecticut?
After just sitting over the Bahamas for most of the weekend, the National Weather Service says that the Hurricane Dorian is starting to now take a more northward trek. So with the storm's new path, how will people in Connecticut be affected?
According to the NWS, the storm is moving and growing in size, with hurricane force winds now out around 60 miles from the center and tropical force winds out some 175 miles from the center.
With the storm tracking up the coast, and no main landfall expected, the move north will take the hurricane up the eastern seaboard before it starts to possibly head out to sea.
We talked to our staff meteorologist Bill Jacquemin about the possibility of Dorian hitting Connecticut and here's what he had to say about it:
The issue with a storm like this is we are basically guessing and using the hurricane guidance to try and predict just where this system will wind up.
The concern around here would be for Friday and Friday night. With storms like this, as they head to the north, they tend to expand in their size. As they start to weaken, the wind fields expand, even though the center stays way off shore.
If the track remains the same, then we get some wind and heavy rain late Friday and Friday night. Then the system will move well offshore by Saturday.
It's almost an educated guess that the storm will behave this way. It's something to watch, but I can't see it coming at us. If the storm tracks closer to the coast as it moves up, then we get more rain and stronger winds, but for now we're still days away. So all we can do is just keep an eye on it.
No matter how close Dorian gets, you can almost certainly expect coastal areas of Connecticut and New York to experience dangerous rip currents, high surf, dune erosion, and minor to locally moderate coastal flood impacts.
Here's a looks at some dramatic footage of what Dorian did to the Bahamas over the past few days: