Hurricane Dorian Approaches East Coast, Prompting Advisories and Evacuations

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Currents News Staff

It’s been a long, slow wait for Hurricane Dorian, a storm that is taking its time and keeping everyone guessing where and when it will strike again.

As some Florida communities lift evacuation orders, officials elsewhere are initiating new evacuations as Hurricane Dorian is finally rumbles up the east coast, staring down Georgia and the Carolinas. 

Dorian is now a category 2 hurricane that may thrust record breaking storm surge and flooding into low-lying parts of South Carolina, with hurricane warning extending from north of the Savannah River to the Carolinas and into Virginia.

“North Carolina faces deadly storm surge and inland flooding,” said Georgia Governor Roy Cooper.  

“Starting late this afternoon, for 36-hours, I want Charleston to be a ghost town,” said Mayor John Tecklenburg of Charleston. “I want everybody out of sight, and if they’re not out of town: inside, hunkered down and safe.”

Images from the Bahamas showed Dorian’s wrath. Some islands were almost wiped away after the storm parked overhead for two straight days as a category five hurricane.

The U.S. Coast Guard is assisting in rescues and evacuations. President Donald Trump is also committing assets towards the damage at the request of the Bahamian prime minister.

“We’re sending some people to give them a hand, they need a big hand, what’s going on there is incredible. Few people have seen anything like that,” Trump said.