Hurricane Dorian's winds have increased again — and its now an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center.
As of 8 a.m. Saturday, the hurricane had maximum sustained winds of 145 mph.
The hurricane center described the storm as a significant threat to Florida as well as the northwestern Bahamas.
"Dorian is anticipated to remain an extremely dangerous major hurricane while it moves approaches the Florida peninsula into early next week," according to the National Hurricane Center.
The hurricane center warns people in southern and central Florida to keep a close eye as Dorian approaches.
The NHC reports that early next week, parts of Florida could see a prolonged period of hazardous weather conditions that last for a few days.
There is an increasing risk of life-threatening storm surges along portions of Florida's east coast late this weekend or early next week, the NHC said.
The center also warns that the risk of "devastating hurricane-force winds" along Florida's east coast and the peninsula has increased, but it is unclear where to expect the strongest winds.
"Residents should have their hurricane plan in place, know if they are in a hurricane evacuation zone, and listen to advice given by local emergency officials," the NHC reports.
As of 8 p.m. Saturday, the hurricane is about 445 miles from West Palm Beach, Florida.
Dorian is moving west at about 12 mph. On this track, the core of Dorian should move over the Atlantic well north of the
southeastern and central Bahamas today, be near or over the northwestern Bahamas on Sunday, and be near the Florida east coast late Monday.
"It's going to be hugging the coast on the latest track," said FOX8 Chief Meteorologist Van Denton. "That allows it to have more influence from the ocean too and, therefore, it doesn't weaken as fast."
Regardless of the exact track of Dorian, heavy rains are expected to hit parts of Florida and the southeastern U.S. this weekend and into the middle of next week.
"Rainfall may cause life-threatening flash floods," according to the NHC.