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Hurricane Dorian Has Gotten Bigger. That's Bad News

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
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An initial swath of rain from Hurricane Dorian blankets downtown Charleston, S.C., on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. The storm was expected to near the South Carolina coast later Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

(Newser) – "Today will tell the magnitude of the problem." So said Bahamian Health Minister Duane Sands as rescue crews on Wednesday set out to Abaco and Grand Bahama islands in an effort to reach what the AP calls the "drenched and stunned victims of Hurricane Dorian." One Abaco local relayed her take on the magnitude of what was the most powerful hurricane on record to strike the country: "It looks like a bomb hit," says Londa Sawyer, who explained she and her two children were forced to flee to a friend's home after her house was completely flooded. There, the water rose to within a few feet of the roof of the two-story home. She and her kids ended up floating on a mattress for 30 minutes, at which point the water level began to drop. The latest on the now-Category 2 storm:

  • The Washington Post reports Dorian will exit the Florida area on Wednesday and leave the state largely free of extreme damage thanks to how far off the coast it stayed. That lack of damage isn't expected to be the case for the Carolinas. While the wind speeds have dropped to 105mph, the storm itself has grown in size, meaning winds extend across a bigger area and are "capable of generating giant waves and pushing large amounts of water toward the shore." What that could translate into for Charleston, SC: "Water levels could rank among the top five levels ever recorded due to the combination of ocean surge and up to 15 inches of rain."

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