As Dorian moves north through this week, CNN meteorologists are reporting that the storm's most devastating parts could hit the Carolina coast.
Dorian's close proximity to the coast and the fact that its eye is 50 miles wide means that even if the storm's center doesn't make landfall along the southeast US, its eye wall — with wind gusts of 100 mph — could pass over land, particularly as Dorian heads north, CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said.
"If this storm is 30 miles offshore, that means the Carolina coast does, in fact, get the eye wall," he said Wednesday morning. "It may not get the center of the eye, but who cares? The center of the eye is calm. It is the eye wall that is the most important part. And as it turns on up toward the north ... even if it's offshore, the eye wall could be very much onshore."
Landfall is a distinct possibility on Thursday from Charleston to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, CNN meteorologist Judson Jones said.
The center of Dorian is forecast to move near or over the coast of South Carolina and North Carolina Thursday through Friday morning, the National Hurricane Center forecast in its latest storm update Wednesday.
Read more about what Dorian is expected to do as it moves toward Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas.