Tropical Storm Dorian update for Tuesday 8/27, 12:30 p.m.
**Tropical Storm Dorian Update for Tuesday (8/27) at 12:30pm**
At the 11 a.m. advisory, Tropical Storm Dorian was located in the Eastern Caribbean 415 miles southeast of Ponce, Puerto Rico with maximum sustained winds of 50mph.
Land interaction tomorrow with Hispaniola and Puerto Rico will be a major factor in determining Dorian’s intensity later this week. Possibilities as the storm approaches Florida range from a remnant low to a hurricane.
The official NHC forecast indicates Dorian will be a strong tropical storm (70mph) as it approaches the Florida coast on Sunday.
Tropical Storm or Hurricane Watches could be issued for portions of Florida on Thursday. Exact impacts to Florida and the Gainesville area remain uncertain at this point. Current estimates indicate 3-4 inches of rain locally, mostly on Sunday and Monday. Rainfall forecasts will change with the track and intensity of the system.
All UF units in the peninsula, including main campus, should continue to monitor the progress of Dorian for potential impacts over the extended Labor Day weekend and review tropical weather plans.