Hurricane Dorian Takes Aim at the Carolinas with Flooding and Tornadoes

By Anna Breuer on 5 September 2019
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Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina

Hurricane Dorian, currently churning in the Atlantic some 45 miles (72 kilometers) south of Bald Head Island, North Carolina, is moving up the East Coast of the United States after battering the Bahamas, where hundreds remain unaccounted for.

Forecasters believe that the Category 2 storm, which as a Category 5 hurricane killed at least 23 people in the Bahamas, will move closer to the coast of South Carolina and begin the trek towards North Carolina tonight and Friday.

“Dorian continues to crawl up the Southeastern coastline and is forecast to pass south of the southern Mid-Atlantic,” the National Weather Service said Thursday evening.

The storm is bringing fierce winds and destructive tornadoes to coastal regions in the Carolinas. The storm slammed Charleston with torrential rain and storm surge.

South Carolina is already experiencing hurricane-force winds in many places and over 250,000 customers in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina are without power as a result of the storm.  North Carolina is expected to get hit in the next 12 to 24 hours.

“Tropical storm conditions are spreading along the coast of North Carolina, and hurricane conditions are expected to begin during the next few hours,” the National Hurricane Center said in a statement at 5 p.m. EDT.

Flooding caused by storm surge brought knee-deep water to the Inlet Square Mall in Garden City, North Carolina, and rushing water on the streets of Debordieu, South Carolina.

Tropical storm watches have been posted as far north as the southern coast of Massachusetts but the storm will head further out to sea as it moves northward, the National Hurricane Center said.

New York City will be spared a direct hit, as Dorian is expected to be at least 150 miles (241 kilometers) south and east of Montauk Point on Long Island, National Weather Service meteorologist Tim Morrin said.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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