Prepare for Dorian now

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 30, 2019

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The Covington County Emergency Management Agency is continuing to monitor Hurricane Dorian.

EMA director Susan Harris said the system is expected to advance a bit more slowly.

“It is projected to pass by the Bahamas Sunday night,” Harris said. “Then move into the midsection of the Florida peninsula as a major hurricane on Monday or Monday evening.”

She said given that Dorian is forecast to become a major hurricane, it is a cause for concern as to where this system will ultimately move.

“There is a weather pattern setting up over the eastern United States which may cause Dorian to take on more of a northward movement at longer time ranges,” Harris said. “Whether this occurs over the Florida peninsula or further west is uncertain at this time.”

Even though it is certain that there is a hurricane, where it will hit is very uncertain.

“Track errors are very large beyond five days and any weather models you may look at online are just as vulnerable,” Harris said. “It still looks that if any tropical impacts were to occur across our area, this would not be until the middle or latter part of next week.”