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Dorian may bring tropical storm conditions to Bladen County

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Hurricane Dorian continued to pound the Bahamas on Monday morning with 165 mph winds and torrential rainfall.

The Category 5 storm is expected to lose much of its power as it approaches the North Carolina coast, but Bladen County could experience tropical storm conditions by Wednesday night through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

It’s uncertain at this time the amount of rain or wind speed Bladen County may get from the storm.

Skies are expected to clear Friday in Bladen County. The National Weather Service is calling for mostly sunny conditions with a high near 85.

At 8 a.m. Monday, Dorian was about 120 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida with maximum sustained winds of 165 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. It was slowly moving over Grand Bahama Island.

A slow westward to west-northwestward motion is forecast during the next day or so, followed by a gradual turn toward the northwest and north, the National Hurricane Center forecasts. On this track, the core of Hurricane Dorian will continue to pound Grand Bahama Island through much of Monday and Monday night. The storm is expected to move close to the Florida east coast Monday night through Wednesday evening.

Although gradual weakening is forecast, Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during the next couple of days, the NHC says.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to
140 miles.