Hurricane Dorian Has Gotten Bigger. That's Bad News - Page 2

The Carolinas could get hit hard, even if it never makes landfall
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2019 2:05 PM CDT

  • The Weather Channel is experiencing deja vu: Just three years ago, Hurricane Matthew hugged the coast of the Southeast as Dorian is expected to do and illustrated just how devastating a hurricane can be without making landfall. Matthew caused $10.8 billion in damage and 49 deaths. It's possible Dorian won't get quite as close to the coast as Matthew did, but its slower pace could make for more damage. It took Matthew about a day to progress from roughly Cape Canaveral, Fla., to Wilmington, NC; Dorian will likely take twice that long.
  • "We got lucky in Florida. Very, very lucky, indeed," Trump said while speaking from the White House Wednesday afternoon, per CNN. "We had actually our original chart was that it was going to be hitting Florida directly ... And it took a right turn and ultimately, hopefully, we're going to be lucky."
  • As for when states north of Florida stand to get battered, the Weather Channel reports Dorian's center will likely pass South Carolina on Thursday and North Carolina on Friday. "By Friday night, the center of Dorian will move into the Atlantic Ocean, with improving conditions in North Carolina and southeast Virginia."
  • The AP reports an estimated 3 million people in Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas have been told to evacuate due to Dorian.
  • One odd happening: A person checking out the waves in Melbourne, Florida, came upon a package labeled "dinamitar" on Tuesday morning. Except it wasn't dynamite, as its Spanish name might suggest: It was a kilo of cocaine carried by "waves stirred up by" Dorian, reports USA Today.
  • But steer clear of the beach, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office reminds people. It recounted on Twitter that a woman who was on shore at Neptune Beach got knocked down and pulled to sea by a wave. She was rescued by a lifeguard.
(Read more Hurricane Dorian stories.)

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