Dorian strengthened into an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane Friday night — but meteorologists say there’s a chance it will bank north at the last minute, hugging Florida’s coast and delivering only a glancing blow to the state instead of making landfall.
“There is hope,” Weather Underground meteorology director Jeff Masters told The Associated Press.
The National Hurricane Center said that some of its more reliable computer models are predicting a northward turn.
Still, other models are predicting a direct hit somewhere around Fort Pierce, some 70 miles north of Mar-a-Lago, late Monday or early Tuesday.
No one is out of danger and Dorian could still wallop the state with “extremely dangerous” 140 mph winds and torrential rains, meteorologists warn.
The ‘cane strengthened into a Category 4 storm on Friday night, with maximum sustained winds near 130 mph.
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Meanwhile, forecasters aren’t the only ones tracking Dorian with high-tech equipment — execs at Waffle House hunkered down in a “war room” on Friday, monitoring the storm’s severity.
Waffle House closures are closely monitored by FEMA in gauging the severity of a storm.