Dorian Regains Strength, Lashes Carolina Coasts - Page 2

Storm is now a Category 3
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 5, 2019 7:40 AM CDT

  • Flooding in Charleston. Charleston County Emergency Management told CNN early Thursday that the vulnerable South Carolina city was already experiencing flooding with Dorian still 80 miles southeast. Charleston mayor John Tecklenburg told residents he wants the city to be a "ghost town" today. "Just stay put for another six or eight hours until this passes, and then we're going to clean up and get back to normal quickly," he said.
  • Fears of NC storm surge. A storm surge of up to 8 feet around the North Carolina-South Carolina border combined with a high tide is expected to cause flooding, potentially affecting areas still recovering from being hit by Hurricane Florence last year, the AP reports.
  • First death reported in the Carolinas. The death of an 85-year-old North Carolina man who fell off his ladder while preparing for the storm is believed to be the first storm-related death in the Carolinas, the Weather Channel reports. At least three people died during storm preparations in Florida.
  • Fluctuating strength. The National Hurricane Center says hurricane conditions can be expected along the coast of the Carolinas Thursday, CBS reports. The NHC says the storm is expected to fluctuate in strength as it moves near or over the coast, "followed by slow weakening through Saturday."
(Read more Hurricane Dorian stories.)

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