Published: Wed, September 04, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Dorian crawls toward US coast, weakening to Category 2

Dorian crawls toward US coast, weakening to Category 2

Park officials said that there was a high risk of rip currents for most of the beaches along Cape Hatteras National Seashore, with several rip currents spotted in the area. Many buildings that had not been flattened had walls or roofs partly ripped away.

Julia Aylen wades through waist deep water carrying her pet dog as she is rescued from her flooded home during Hurricane Dorian in Freeport, Bahamas, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019.

Hurricane Dorian crept towards the southeast coast of the United States on Tuesday (Sept 3), weakening slightly but remaining a unsafe storm after leaving a trail of death and destruction in the Bahamas. "Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles". Houses appeared to have been leveled while rubble emerges from the storm surge flood.

Hurricane Dorian weakened slightly as it crawled towards the southeast coast of the United States on Tuesday after leaving at least five people dead and a swathe of destruction in the Bahamas.

The exact toll of the devastation in the Bahamas will not be clear until the storm completely passes and rescue crews can get on the ground. At least five deaths were reported, with the full scope of the disaster still unknown.

The storm hovered over the islands for nearly 24 hours. A storm surge watch was extended northward to South Santee River in SC.

Speaking to CNN, Iram Lewis, a member of Parliament, said the death toll would climb. It is not safe to go outdoors.

As many as 13,000 homes in the Bahamas may have been destroyed or severely damaged, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said. The preliminary estimates were based on an assessment by representatives from Caribbean countries, the WFP and other organizations.

As Dorian moves towards the USA coastline, it is also gradually picking up speed.

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It could potentially hit the East Coast of the U.S.

Efforts to reach officials in the Bahamas by phone on Tuesday were unsuccessful. While the threat of a direct hit on Florida had all but evaporated, Dorian was expected to pass dangerously close to Georgia and SC - and perhaps strike North Carolina - on Thursday or Friday.

Forecasters have told Floridians not to become complacent.

Strong winds move the palms of the palm trees at the first moment of the arrival of Hurricane Dorian in Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Sunday Sept. 1, 2019. The most recent advisory from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) placed the storm about 105 miles from Fort Pierce, Florida, and moving at about two miles per hour.

Hurricane Dorian's clouds are staggering, a massive swirl of white surrounding the knotted eyewall at the storm's heart, in this image taken from space. "You know, God always provides, y'all", Sammye Wooded said.

"What we are hearing lends credence to the fact that this has been a catastrophic storm and a catastrophic impact", Cochrane said.

A mandatory evacuation of entire SC coast took effect Monday covering about 830,000 people, and transportation officials reversed all lanes of Interstate 26 from Charleston to head inland earlier than planned after noticing traffic jams from evacuees and vacationers heading home on Labor Day, Gov. Henry McMaster said.

But the NHC said it would remain a powerful hurricane for the next couple of days. "But the Bahamian officials haven't really been able to get out much in Abaco yet", Allen said.

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