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03 Sep 2019 | 05:54 PM UTC

US: Hurricane Dorian weakens to Category 2 storm as it approaches US mainland September 3 /update 11

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Hurricane Dorian weakens to Category 2 storm as it approaches US mainland September 3; counties in four states placed under mandatory evacuation orders

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/3/2019, 12:00 AM until 9/5/2019, 11:59 PM (America/New_York). COUNTRY/REGION Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia

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The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported that Hurricane Dorian has now weakened to a Category 2 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale as of 11:00 (local time) on Tuesday, September 3. However, the NHC also stated that Dorian has grown in size, with hurricane-force winds extending outward up to 95 km (60 mi). Hurricane conditions are forecast to move into the warning areas of Florida state on Tuesday evening and affect areas farther north beginning Wednesday, September 4. Hurricane warnings remain in effect for much of Florida's east coast north of West Palm Beach. Tropical storm conditions are expected to impact coastal Georgia state as early as Tuesday evening, South Carolina state on Wednesday, and North Carolina state on Thursday, September 5.

At least 1 million people remain under evacuation orders in the states of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina ahead of Category 2 Hurricane Dorian's landfall. All four states in addition to Virginia state have declared a state of emergency. In Florida state, a mandatory evacuation order was issued in St. Augustine for 14,000 people, effective 08:00 on Monday. Further instructions are expected to be provided once more details regarding the hurricane's path became clearer. Georgia state's governor ordered evacuations in six coastal counties, including all of Savannah's 150,000 residents, effective at 12:00 on Monday, while South Carolina state's governor also issued mandatory evacuations for parts of eight coastal counties. More than 830,000 people were under evacuation orders in Charleston and other coastal communities in South Carolina state. North Carolina state's governor ordered mandatory evacuations on Ocracoke Island (Hyde County) and Dare County effective from 05:00 and 12:00 respectively on Tuesday. A state of emergency was also declared by Virginia state's governor on September 3.

As of 11:00 on Tuesday, Dorian is located at approximately 27.1°N 78.6°W (map here) and is tracking north-northwest at 4 kph (2 mph). The storm has maximum sustained winds of 175 kph (110 mph). Hundreds of thousands of people in the states Florida, North and South Carolina, and Georgia are expected to be affected by the hurricane, which may bring up to 38 cm (15 in) of rain in some areas. Life-threatening flash flooding, damaging winds, and high storm surge are likely throughout the states. 

Associated flooding, power outages, and disruptions to transportation and business services are expected in affected areas over the coming hours and days.


Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, confirm flight reservations, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate adverse weather and power and transportation disruptions, and remember that running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and never drive through flooded streets; floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products.


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