Hurricane Dorian has downgraded to a Category 1 and is not as strong as it was when it wrecked the Bahamas, but the storm’s 90 mph winds and heavy rains are still affecting residents in North Carolina and southeast Virginia.
Hurricane Dorian is lashing North Carolina and southeast Virginia with torrential rain, storm surge flooding, high winds and tornadoes and is headed for a brush of southeast New England tonight before slamming into Atlantic Canada this weekend.
Dorian’s maximum sustained winds have diminished, making it a Category 1 hurricane. Regardless of the intensity change, the hurricane’s flooding impacts will likely be similar.
And, per the Associated Press:
As of 8 a.m. EDT, Dorian’s eye was 10 miles off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, as the storm moved northeast at 14 mph (22 kph). It is expected to remain a hurricane as it sweeps up the Eastern Seaboard on Friday and Saturday, far enough offshore that its hurricane-force winds are unlikely to reach land.
More than 370,000 people were without electricity in the Carolinas and Virginia as Dorian moved up the coast.
At least four people were killed in the Southeast. All were men in Florida or North Carolina who died in falls or by electrocution while trimming trees, putting up storm shutters or otherwise getting ready for the hurricane.
On the Outer Banks, forecasters said large and destructive waves could reach nearly to the ceilings of one-story structures along the 200-mile (320-kilometer) string of islands.
After triggering tornadoes in South Carolina, Hurricane Dorian closes in for a possible direct hit on North Carolina's Outer Banks, a string of low-lying islands, as a Category 1, Follow @AP’s full coverage of the storm: https://t.co/FQHNQg68qk https://t.co/GxBkQhFRFf
— The Associated Press (@AP) September 6, 2019
The storm devastated the Bahamas earlier this week when it directly hit the Carribean as a Category 5 hurricane.
According to USA Today, the massive storm “left devastation everywhere, flipping cars, tearing off roofs and stripping trees bare before ripping them from the sandy soil.”
Recovery efforts for the affected areas have already begun, but these recovery teams are struggling to enter the area as airports and docks on the Abaco Islands have been destroyed or damaged beyond use.
From USA Today:
The winds toppled trees, snapped power lines and tore down cell phone towers, flayed the roofs off homes and flipped over cars, trucks and boats. At least 30 people were killed, according to officials in the Bahamas.
By Thursday afternoon, a small amount of aid supplies were arriving in Marsh Harbour, one of the worst-hit areas. In particular demand were diapers and drinking water. Many people gathered at the government health clinic or the nearby pink-painted Bahamas Government Complex, which saw many of its hurricane shutters ripped off by the wind.
Debris litters the streets, and the smell of pine from downed trees hangs in the air. Staggered residents push shopping carts of supplies down roads that in places have had their pavement ripped off by the wind.
Few vehicles escaped unscathed. Most have shattered windows and dented bodywork, but rattle down the streets as drivers search for the missing and try to find shelter.
“You could hear it howling like a train. The house was rumbling like a tornado, vibrating,” said Dereck Bain, 46, who lost his restaurant in the storm but whose house remains more inhabitable than most.