A tropical storm watch related to Hurricane Dorian has been upgraded to a warning for Friday. The warning covers parts of Southern Maryland, the lower Eastern Shore and parts of the Maryland and Delaware beaches.
The warning means tropical-storm force winds are expected somewhere within the area within the next 36 hours. A storm front that moved into Maryland Wednesday night is one of several weather systems that will push Dorian away from the mid-Atlantic coast.
Hurricane Dorian was downgraded to a Category 1 storm Friday morning, with a maximum of 90 mph sustained winds. According to the National Weather Service, Dorian's center will likely move "near or over the coast," over the next several hours. Friday will be cloudy Friday and showers can be expected as the outer bands of the storm brush the Baltimore area.
Somerset County officials on Wednesday recommended that Smith Island residents evacuate.
The storm will move toward Maryland, but may not make direct landfall. Ocean City will be spared a direct hit. The hurricane center's cone of probability shows Dorian moving away from the east coast Friday afternoon.
For more information about hurricane Dorian, listen to the Weather Talk podcast with Meteorologist Tony Pann.