Four times each day the National Hurricane Center provides an official update as to what path they expect Hurricane Dorian to take. The good news for Southwest Florida is that for the past 2 days over 95% of the NHC’s predicted paths have shown Dorian hooking north and then northeast and missing our area altogether.
The same cannot be said for the northern Bahama islands which are almost certain to take a direct hit from Dorian, which was upgraded to Category 5 hurricane just this morning.
But if you look at what path Dorian is on right now, if it kept heading in the exact same westerly direction – that is if it kept going “straight” and did not hook north as expected – it would head straight over Fort Lauderdale, the Everglades, and Fort Myers.
For that reason it is strongly recommended you check the Weather Channel or other media outlets at least every few hours.
The official path updates from the NHC are provided at 5:00am, 11:00am, 5:00pm and 11:00pm each day. The weather outlets generally provide that information within minutes of the official update, so it’s strongly advised you pay attention to those.
Alternatively you can simply google “Hurricane Dorian path” at any time and Google provides a graphic to the latest updated path as one of the top results for that search.