Dorian strengthens to a Hurricane

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As of 2 PM Dorian was observed with hurricane force winds and has thus been upgraded. Current location of the storm is near St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Maximum sustained winds with the storm were measured at 75 mph and the movement of the storm is generally around 13 mph.

Hurricane Watches and Warnings have been issued for areas including U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

Heavy rain and damaging winds will be possible across the areas in the watches and warnings through the next 24 hours, with the potential for some areas to receive over 10″ of rain in a very short time period.

Stay tuned to 41 NBC for the latest forecast information.

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Cecilia Reeves joined the 41 First Alert Storm Team as Chief Meteorologist in August of 2016.  She grew up just north of Macon, in McDonough, GA but attended the University of Alabama and received an undergraduate degree in Telecommunications and Film with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism.  Upon graduation in Tuscaloosa, she traveled up to road to Starkville, MS where she received a Masters of Science in Broadcast Meteorology.  In her career she has worked on the West Coast, in the Midwest, and now back home in the Southeast.  When she is not forecasting she enjoys training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, cheering on her teams (Alabama Crimson Tide, Atlanta Falcons, and the Kansas City Royals), and playing with her dogs: Dora and Winston.