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Dorian Regains Strength, Lashes Carolina Coasts

Storm is now a Category 3
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 5, 2019 7:40 AM CDT
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Rains and wind pelt Charleston, SC, early on the morning of Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, as Hurricane Dorian enters the area.   (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)
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(Newser) – Hurricane Dorian has regained strength and is now lashing the coast of Georgia and the Carolinas as a Category 3 storm. The National Hurricane Center said Wednesday night that the storm, which is slowly moving north, had been upgraded, with wind speeds of around 115mph, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Forecasters expect Dorian to weaken to a Category 2 storm again before possibly making landfall in North Carolina Thursday. The NOAA says "life-threatening storm surge and dangerous winds" are expected along the coasts of the Carolinas, as well as southeast Virginia and parts of the Chesapeake Bay. Heavy rain could also cause flash flooding inland. More:

  • Florida "largely unscathed." Florida was largely unscathed as the storm moved away from the state Wednesday night, though storm surges caused more than 150,000 power outages statewide, the Miami Herald reports. Early predictions warned that the state could suffer a direct hit. "Thankfully, obviously, the news out of Florida is positive," Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz told reporters. "But that came at the expense of the folks in the Bahamas."

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