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Hurricane Dorian’s path: The forecast for Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas
 


Hurricane Dorian is churning dangerously close to the Southeast coastline Wednesday, where residents from Florida to the Carolinas are bracing for powerful rains, wind and flooding.

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Dorian, now a Category 2, is moving north, parallel to the Florida coast, and might make landfall in North Carolina.

Here’s what to expect and when, according to the latest forecast.

Florida

Dorian slammed Florida with strong winds Wednesday morning, bringing wind gusts near 70 mph to New Smyrna Beach.

Flash flooding, storm surge and strong winds are all possible as Dorian moves along — but still offshore from — Florida’s east coast through Wednesday afternoon.

Storm surge may reach up to 5 feet from Daytona Beach to Jacksonville.

By Wednesday afternoon, the storm will move north off the coast of Jacksonville.

Georgia

Dorian will then continue north, reaching Savannah, Georgia, by Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

PHOTO: A weather map from ABC News shows the forecast track for Hurricane Dorian.ABC News
A weather map from ABC News shows the forecast track for Hurricane Dorian.

Life-threatening storm surge and dangerous winds are expected along Georgia’s coast.

South Carolina & North Carolina

PHOTO: Women walk in front of a boarded up house on the beach in North Litchfield, S.C., Sept. 4, 2019.Independent Mail/USA Today Network
Women walk in front of a boarded up house on the beach in North Litchfield, S.C., Sept. 4, 2019.

A hurricane warning is in effect from Charleston to the North Carolina-Virginia border.

On Thursday morning, Dorian will make a close passage to Charleston — a city very vulnerable to storm surge and flooding — but storm surge and gusty winds will begin well before Dorian arrives.

Dorian is forecast to near Wilmington on Thursday night and may make landfall there.

Dorian will get close to, or even possibly make landfall, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina early Friday morning as a Category 2 hurricane.

The highest storm surge is expected for the South Carolina coast, where up to 8 feet is possible.

PHOTO: An ABC News weather map shows the forecast for storm surge heights from Hurricane Dorian in the Southeast.ABC News
An ABC News weather map shows the forecast for storm surge heights from Hurricane Dorian in the Southeast.

The heaviest rainfall from Dorian is expected to hit the coastal Carolinas, where up to 15 inches of rain is possible.

PHOTO: Weather map shows the latest rainfall forecast for Hurricane Dorian.ABC News
Weather map shows the latest rainfall forecast for Hurricane Dorian.

Virginia

Virginia is even forecast to see some effects from Dorian. A tropical storm watch is in effect for southern Virginia, including Norfolk.

By Friday night, Dorian will leave the U.S. and go out to sea.