Wednesday 8 pm: Dorian 130 miles South of Charleston

Miami, Fl. (Florida News Network)-At 800 PM EDT, the large eye of Hurricane Dorian was located near latitude 30.9 North, longitude 79.8 West. Dorian is about about 130 miles ,south of Charleston, South Carolina and about 255 miles south-southwest of Wilmington, North Carolina.

Dorian is moving northward near 8 mph. A turn to the north-northeast is anticipated on Thursday, with a turn toward the northeast on Thursday night. A northeastward motion at a faster forward speed is forecast on Friday. On the forecast track, the center of Dorian will continue to approach the coast of South Carolina tonight, move near or over the coast of South Carolina on Thursday, and then move near or over the coast of North Carolina Thursday night and Friday.

Reports from a NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds remain near 110 mph with higher gusts. Some fluctuations in strength are possible tonight, followed by slow weakening Thursday through Friday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles.

The minimum central pressure reported by the Hurricane Hunter is

959 mb (28.31 inches).

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for Flagler/Volusia County line FL. to Poquoson VA.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for North of Ponte Vedra Beach FL to Savannah River.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Flagler/Volusia County FL line to Savannah River.

Tropical storm conditions are currently affecting portions of the Georgia and southern South Carolina coasts, and should begin along other portions of the South Carolina coast during the next several hours.

Graphic credit:National Hurricane Center