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By Nick Baum
FRIDAY – 9/6/19
As Hurricane Dorian looks to sail northward along the east coast, the highest extent of its damage seems to have already been blown. Since being upgraded to category 5 early Monday morning, 23 lives have been lost and over 13,000 homes have been destroyed in the Bahamas according to the Red Cross. These statistics have been proven beyond many meteorologists’ initial predictions, primarily due to the hurricane’s slow speed over the Grand Bahama Island, and thus the island was exposed to the storm for a longer time.
Despite the Bahamas seeming to get the worst of it, the United States absorbed much of Dorian’s damage as well. According to poweroutage.us, over 243,000 households in the states of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina are currently without power. The hurricane has caused flooding in South Carolinian cities such as Charleston and Myrtle Beach, and is expected to damage North Carolina as well, despite its Category 2 status as of last night.
For both Carolinas, however, hurricanes haven’t been the only natural disaster to strike them. Tornadoes, most likely caused by Dorian, have left destruction in certain areas of both states, including one just north of Wilmington. While Hurricane Dorian is expected to travel up the east coast, it is also expected to drift outward to the ocean. Currently, the Outer Banks of North Carolina is expected to get the last of its hurricane features, but heavy rain and winds are expected to hit as north as New York City over the next 30 to 40 hours.
Sources and Pictures: ABC News, CNN, The Weather Channel, Red Cross, Poweroutage.us