Hurricane Dorian gains strength and shifts toward Florida

The storm, which passed between Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, is on track to hit Florida’s east coast as a possible Category 3 hurricane.
1:33 | 08/29/19

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Transcript for Hurricane Dorian gains strength and shifts toward Florida
Good evening. A very busy Wednesday night. I'm Tom llamas. We begin with breaking news, the latest advisories just coming in or hurricane Dorian, gaining strength and making a dramatic shift. Dorian with winds up to 80 miles per hour on track to hit Florida's east coast as a possible category 3 hurricane. The storm passing between Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands at this hour, dumping up to eight inches of rain. Thousands without power. Florida joining Puerto Rico issuing a state of emergency, and late today residents scrambling for supplies, stripping shelves bare before Dorian makes landfall. Rob Marciano is here to lead us off. This a storm we can't take our eyes off. We need to prepare for it, Tom. Likely a major hurricane. You see the eye developing northeast of Puerto Rico. The center is northwest of St. Thomas by about 60 miles. It has 80-mile-an-hour winds. They've been flying hurricane hunter aircraft in and out of it. The U.S. Virgin Islands getting hammered with big-time wind and rain. A big ridge of high pressure will scoot to the south. That unfortunately is going to bend this thing, pushing it towards the U.S. As we head towards the weekend. Let's time things out, strengthening in intensity during the day tomorrow, likely becoming a 100-mile-an-hour storm, category two by Friday. Sunday, makes landfall as a category three, a major storm likely widespread damage. Average forecast, 200 miles. That means all of Florida is in play. Everyone needs to prepare. We've got to track this by the hour. Thanks so much.

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