It looks like Hurricane Dorian could have a change of heart. Just as Floridians brace for brute impact from the massive storm, according to CNN, it might flip the script.
CNN reports that Dorian's speeds have steadily increased during its move towards the U.S. mainland, and now it's borderline Category 5 — being just shy by 7 mph. The forecast is calling it a "high-end Category 4" hurricane. Nevertheless, the storm is forecasted to stay along the outskirts of Florida on Tuesday (Sept. 3) and Wednesday (Sept. 4). And late Wednesday, early Thursday (Sept. 5), Hurricane Dorian may start its approach on the Carolinas. Yet, this is all speculation.
According to CNN Meteorologist Dave Hennen, for now, it's uncertain where Hurricane Dorian will actually make landfall. These are all possibilities based on recently updated forecast models. And even though Dorian may not hit Florida directly, the meteorologist states that the hurricane would still be close enough to cause massive damage — and with this in mind, residents should stay on alert.
Right now, the question on many minds is: "When will Dorian decide to turn north?"
Hurricane Dorian Similarly Forecasted Like 2016's 'Matthew'
Reportedly, the 2016 hurricane's damage tallied around $5 million between the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. Accordingly, like Dorian's new forecast, Matthew switched its course upon Florida approach and headed north — moving along the coast line of South Carolina.
As seen in the slideshow below, the damage was fairly significant.
For those who don't know, hurricanes are tremendous weather spectacles. If you've never experienced one, it's probably not something you'd want to add to your bucket list. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), hurricanes are "the most violent storms on Earth."
Interestingly enough, researcher Colin Price from Tel Aviv University states:
85 percent of the most intense hurricanes affecting the US and Canada start off as disturbances in the atmosphere over Western Africa. We found that the larger the area covered by the disturbances, the higher the chance they would develop into hurricanes only one to two weeks later.
Insane, right? Oftentimes, Mother Nature puts us in check. We forget that there are forces much stronger than humanity, itself. Unfortunately, hurricanes like these serve as somewhat a reality check.
A human body can fall from a six-story building and not even crack the ground's surface. But as can be seen from the footage above, surges ripped coastal roadways to pieces — structures built to withstand several hundred tons of force, all day, everyday.
All in all, what are your thoughts about Hurricane Dorian and its projection? Where do you think the storm will make landfall? If you have any comments, feel free to share them below.
[Image source: MSNBC / screengrab]