BOSTON – The major national news story of the past week has been the approach of Hurricane Dorian as it continues to spread further west and north across the Atlantic Ocean. Many anticipated that it would have struck the states of the eastern seaboard of the United States by now, especially considering the numerous preemptive measures in Florida. (For example, Walt Disney World, a theme park known partly for its staunch opposition to closing early unless it is extremely and critically necessary, announced that it will close early today.)

However, Hurricane Dorian took many by surprise by slowing down over the Atlantic Ocean while simultaneously increasing in intensity before it was eventually bumped up to a category five hurricane. (Currently, after Dorian devastated the Bahamas, it has been downgraded to a category two storm.)

Earlier this morning, it seemed like all Dorian progress had ceased over Bermuda and it was not moving towards Florida at all. Now, however, it is threatening the peninsula as it begins to loom over the state. And while many necessary steps of prevention and safety have been taken in southern states like Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina, what do we need to know about the storm up here in New England?

Per the progressive projections of Hurricane Dorian’s landfall, the region of New England, including, squarely, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, are now within the radar’s “cone of uncertainty” regarding the hurricane. Essentially, those in the northeast region do not need to resort to the same extensive measures that many down south are taking, but it will be good to remain cautious of the remnants of the storm as they will bring an end to Hurricane Dorian at the end of this weekend, per meteorologist Cindy Fitzgibbon of WCVB.

Rain is expected to hit Massachusetts on Friday and for parts of the weekend, as well as winds that will top 50 mph on the coast. Cape Cod towns will be hit the hardest by the leftover effects of Dorian.

Stay safe out there.

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