Hurricane Dorian Heads for Southeastern U.S. as Death Toll in Bahamas Rises


Hurricane Dorian has moved toward the Carolinas as a Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph. The National Hurricane Center warns Dorian could bring “life threatening storm surge with significant coastal flooding…along a large portion of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic coasts of the United States during the next couple of days.”


The eye of Hurricane Dorian is approximately 105 miles south of Charleston, S.C., moving at 7 mph. As the storm heads north-northeast, it is expected to move closer to the shore. The storm’s core will move near the coast of South Carolina and the Outer Banks of North Carolina through the rest of this week. Those areas are experiencing heavy rains and gusty winds.


A storm surge warning is in effect for a huge area of the coastline, from north of Port Canaveral, Fla., through Georgia and South Carolina up to through the Neuse and Pamlico rivers in North Carolina. The NHC says that in addition to the storm surge, areas along the coastal Carolinas could see an estimated 15 inches of rainfall.


Meanwhile, the death toll from Hurricane Dorian’s impact on the Bahamas increased. At least 20 people have died in the Bahamas as a result of Dorian, local officials say.

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