MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Hurricane Dorian’s strength intensified with the 11 p.m. advisory. The storm’s maximum sustained winds are now 85 mph.

The storm is expected to gain strength over the coming days as it continues its projected path towards Florida.

At 11 p.m., it was moving to the northwest at 13 mph.

This general motion is expected to continue through Friday. On this track, Dorian should move over the Atlantic well east of the southeastern and central Bahamas on Thursday and Friday.

The forecast track has Dorian as a possible Category 3 hurricane as it passes through the Northern Bahamas with 115 mph winds. The forecast has it making landfall somewhere along Florida central east coast on Monday.

On Wednesday afternoon, Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for the state of Florida as the cone now includes the entire peninsula.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles to the north and east of the center. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles.

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND

RAINFALL: Dorian is expected to produce the following rainfall
accumulations:

The central Bahamas…2 to 4 inches, isolated 6 inches.
The northern Bahamas and Coastal sections of the Southeast United
States…4 to 8 inches, isolated 10 inches.

This rainfall may cause life-threatening flash floods.

SURF: Swells around the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and
Puerto Rico should gradually diminish tonight.

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